What is Body Dysmorphia?
In short, body dysmorphia disorder affects more people than you may believe. Most of us have something that we cannot stand about ourselves. Someone who has body dysmorphia thinks about their real or perceived flaws for hours each day.
Bodybuilders are susceptible to BDD because most have started lifting weights to fix a perceived flaw. Add in the hours of intense exercise per day and you have yourself a recipe for an unhealthy cycle of degrading thoughts.
While only 1% of the U.S. population fully suffer from BDD, a high percentage of people are unhappy with something about themselves. They may not go to the extremes of surgery, changing clothes excessively, or avoiding mirrors altogether, they still do not allow themselves to be happy.
It is heartbreaking to hear someone like THE Arnold Schwarzenegger, that made an unmistakably large name for himself starting with nothing but hard work, deals with such a disorder.
Arnold goes to show that with enough hard work and patience, anything is possible. It goes to show that even if you don’t believe in yourself, you should strive for something. Becoming complacent and accepting life “as it is” will not be fulfilling.
Check out Arnold and his shenanigans as he goes undercover at Gold’s Gym:
How surprised are you by Arnold’s admittance of his self-esteem issues?