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Friday 23, May 2014

  Increasing Number Of Men Are Afflicted With Bigorexia

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Increasing Number Of Men Are Afflicted With Bigorexia

Colin Tyrie, public health advisor at Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust, has issued a warning of an off-the-scale demand for ‘bodybuilder drugs’ in Greater Manchester. Last year, police made 1,488 seizures of steroids across the region that is almost double the previous year’s total of 799.

The ‘needle shots’ of anabolic androgenic steroids can be made for as little as £2 and use of these drugs is extending well beyond amateur and professional bodybuilders. In the last few years, steroid use has been greatly associated with police officers, builders, and security guards. A NHS-run Pump Clinic in Ancoats that provides advice on anabolic steroids and operates a needle service for ensuring that the drugs are used safely have about 600 steroid users on the books. The NHS-run Pump Clinic is now seeing athletes from rugby, cycling, and young actors.

It is believed by some experts that men drawn to anabolic steroids could be suffering from ‘Adonis body syndrome’ or ‘Bigorexia’. Bigorexia (also known as Muscle dysmorphia or Reverse anorexia) is a disorder in which an individual becomes obsessed with the illusion that he or she is not muscular enough. The use of steroids in long-term or steroid abuse (or overdosing) can be associated with the development or aggravation of side effects like hair loss, acne, and shrunken testicles. Steroid abuse can also be a reason behind problems with the liver, heart, kidney, and fertility. Use of injectable steroids through shared needles can increase the possibility of contracting HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

Tyrie remarked the ‘trickle’ of people coming to the clinic has become a torrent due to the growing pressure on young men to have a ‘good’ physical appearance. The health expert expressed fears that the new market for anabolic androgenic steroids may create health problems and remarked when they were really easily accessible but with a smaller demand, we tended not to get a lot of problems with them. Tyrie added that the people who were using them knew a bit more about it and they researched them to an extent and they were generally athletes or body builders. He said now it’s gone off the scale with people doing it for emerging reasons and they might be less inclined to do the research required. Tyrie added the male role in society has become quite damaged and it is not sure what it is any more. The public health advisor added that men don’t have an identity like our fathers did so there’s this sense we’re trying to fulfill that. He went on to add that there is quite a strong prevalence of this amongst white working class males and it is a quick way to get prestige to say ‘yes I’m a big bloke’ and all the associations that go with that.

Tyrie said further study was needed to understand the long-term effects of anabolic steroids and also remarked if there is a ticking health time-bomb, we are pushing users away by criminalizing them more and more and that is what is happened in the past with drugs

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Sunday 20, Jun 2010

  Muscle dysmorphia is not different for most bodybuilders

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Muscle dysmorphia is not different for most bodybuildersA disorder characterized by an individual’s excessive preoccupation with muscularity and body fat percentage, Muscle dysmorphia, which is usually noticed in bodybuilding is no different between bodybuilders who use steroids and those who do not, according to a researcher from the University of Arkansas.

Daniel Kissinger, a licensed professional counselor, remarked that classifying muscular dysmorphia is a problem as it is not recognized as a distinct mental illness by the American Psychological Association.

There is no agreement as to how muscle dysmorphia should be measured, according to Timothy Baghurst, a visiting assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Arkansas.

Friday 08, Aug 2008

  Why women take steroids

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Why do women take steroids?

Believe it or not, women take steroids not necessarily for the reason of these compounds’ physical effects on users – a well-toned physique.

There are also the social and cultural dynamics that come into play. When women take steroids they are making a statement – that says they are on equal footing with men. If men take steroids because they want to look good or perform well in the playing field then women could share that same privilege. This is also where economics come into play. Women want their share of economic opportunities, and if they need to take steroids to prove themselves capable of achieving goals then so be it – whether it’d be in a sport arena or in a corporate setting.

And there are far more compelling motivations why women use steroids. Some take them because they suffer from a disorder called muscle dysmorphia, in which sufferers have delusions of being too skinny or too small.

Another more troubling reason why women use these scheduled compounds is because they want protection. An excerpt from Lindsay Sutton’s Anabolic Steroids: Not Just For Men Anymore explains this angle:

Usually these women (who use steroids) have experienced physical or sexual abuse whether in their childhood or in a recent relationship. Twice as many women do it because they have been raped and believe “that being bigger and stronger would discourage further attacks because men would find them either intimidating or unattractive www.nida.nih.gov .” In one study a total of 75 women were interviewed and of them 10 reported that they had been raped and that instance was the reason they were using anabolic steroids to increase muscle strength and size (Gruber, Pope; 1999). The rape victims in most cases believed that would never be able to trust a man again and replaced these relationships with body building activites. What is even more surprising is that of these 10 women who reported the rape, 5 said that prior to the experience they had no intention of ever using steroids and believed they were a sign of weakness and an unwillingness to achieve goals through hard work.

Wednesday 16, Jul 2008

  Muscle dysmorphia – a risk factor for steroid use

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Nowadays, it’s not just athletes or famous baseball players that use controlled substances like anabolic steroids. Statistics show that a large number of ‘cyclers’ belong to ordinary grade or high school students who want to achieve extraordinary physique. Majority of this segment suffer muscle dysmorphia, a disorder whereby a person is preoccupied with thoughts concerning appearance, especially musculature.  Individuals of this disorder focus their attention on perceived physical defect (i.e. too skinny, underweight, etc.)

According to the Anorexia Nervosa and other Eating Disorder, Inc.  site,  “muscle dysmorphia is a subtype of body dysmorphic disorder, which in itself is a variant of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Sometimes called bigorexia, muscle dysmorphia is the opposite of anorexia nervosa.”

Both genders can suffer from this disorder, but more males than females. The explanation for this statistical discrepancy is because males are culturally idealized as the bigger and stronger gender.
There following are some of the possible risk factors that contribute to this disorder:

• bullying/teasing during the school period
• family disharmony
• perfectionism
• severe stress
• aesthetic focus
• negative influence of mass culture that promotes idealized body

To compensate for the perceived defects, sufferers of this condition lift weights, do resistance training, and exercise compulsively. And they may resort to every possible means including drugs like anabolic steroids.

And what’s worse, they use anabolic steroids without medical supervision or guidance, which could cause major health risks to them.
As a parent, you naturally would not want your kid to belong to this segment. Watch for tell-tale signs of this disorder, which include the following:

• Constantly checks image in mirror
• Becomes worried or anxious when a meal or a exercise session is missed
• Neglects relationships, studies, work assignments, etc. due to excessive exercising
• Acne breakout, excessively oily skin, rapid and dramatic gain weight as may be caused by steroid use.