As someone with body dysmorphia/bigorexia (which fortunately hasn’t caused me to develop an eating disorder… yet) I am once again thankful for being told that my disorder “is not that big of a deal”. Sure, the anxiety it causes, the constant questioning of my self-worth (at least that has gotten better over time), the years I was unable to go to the gym or go swimming even though I wanted to so badly because I felt so extremely insufficient in comparison to other people there… all not actually a problem. Fuck that. It stymied my life. And mine is a milder case.
What about the people who take anabolic steroids to finally get big enough? What about the guys who take bad advice by other gymbros when it comes to dieting or exercise and just hurt themselves because of it? What about the fact that the suicide rate for bigorexia is reported to be even higher than in the case of anorexia?
Oh but we men should just get over it. Is the beauty standard of being big and muscular NOT sexist? Pretty sure it only exists for men. It is almost as prevalent nowadays in western media as female beauty standards are. Just look at Instagram. Or Marvel movies. Comics in general. Yes, women had to suffer from those beauty standards for a longer time historically speaking. But denying that men could ever possibly suffer from those as well is asinine and obviously untrue.