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Showcasing DEADLY SINS – PRIDE: Natty or Not

Showcasing DEADLY SINS - PRIDE: Natty or Not

Our Protagonist

Tyler Masterson, a popular YouTuber, is highly committed to his fitness journey and has a strong passion for bodybuilding. He is constantly working towards perfecting his physical form. In Tyler, we witness a complex persona that blends insecurity with an intense desire to achieve physical greatness. Despite his impressive muscular build, he grapples with internal conflicts and a relentless pursuit of an ideal body image, which leads him into challenging situations. Throughout Tyler’s journey, we see the real-world impact of these struggles as he navigates the highs and lows of his relentless pursuit of physical perfection.

The narrative explores self-perception, body image, and personal aspirations in the competitive worlds of fitness and social media. Tyler’s story is not just about physical strength but also about emotional and psychological resilience, self-discovery, and the pursuit of a deeper sense of self-acceptance.

Inspiration

This story was inspired by the many gym influencers prevalent across social media platforms, like Instagram and TikTok. These influencers are looked up to by countless young men and women who desire the perfect body, often unaware of the impossibility of attaining similar body images without enhancements. The fitness industry frequently witnesses influencers who conceal their use of performance-enhancing substances while claiming to be natural.

Social media has led to an increase in high school students using supplements like Anavar, without proper warnings or guidance from influencers.

The conversations I’ve had at my local gym about body image and body dysmorphia have been eye-opening. Their experiences have significantly contributed to shaping the protagonist of this piece.

The Full Scope of Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Muscle Dysmorphia

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a mental health condition characterized by an obsessive focus on one or more perceived flaws in appearance, which are either minor or not observable to others. Individuals with BDD spend significant amounts of time worrying about their appearance and may engage in repetitive behaviors, like mirror checking, excessive grooming, or constantly seeking reassurance from others.

This preoccupation can cause significant distress and impact their ability to function in daily life. It’s important to note that the concerns of those with BDD are more than just insecurities that most people experience; they are intense, persistent, and often lead to compulsive behaviors.

Bigorexia (Muscle Dysmorphia)

Bigorexia, also known as Muscle Dysmorphia, is a subtype of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, typically characterized by an obsession with not being sufficiently muscular or lean. Despite often having a muscular physique, individuals with this disorder perceive themselves as small or inadequate in terms of muscularity. This misperception can lead to excessive bodybuilding, extreme dieting, and sometimes the abuse of substances like anabolic steroids.

Like BDD, it causes significant distress and can interfere with daily functioning. It’s more common in men, especially those involved in sports or activities where a particular emphasis is placed on physical appearance or strength.

Both disorders involve a distorted perception of one’s body and can lead to significant psychological distress and impairment in various areas of life.

The American Psychiatric Association and the DSM-V provide a detailed description of BDD.

1. Preoccupation with One or More Perceived Defects or Flaws in Physical Appearance: These perceived flaws are not observable or appear slight to others. Common areas of concern include skin, hair, nose, but any part of the body can be the focus of worry.

2. Repetitive Behaviors or Mental Acts in Response to Appearance Concerns: This may include mirror checking, excessive grooming, seeking reassurance, or frequently comparing oneself to others.

3. Clinically Significant Distress or Impairment: The preoccupation causes significant distress or impairs social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

4. Distinction from an Eating Disorder: The preoccupation with body image is not better accounted for by an eating disorder.

The DSM-5 categorizes BDD in the obsessive-compulsive and related disorders due to its similarities with obsessive-compulsive disorder, particularly the presence of obsessions (in this case, preoccupation with perceived physical flaws) and compulsions (repetitive behaviors related to these perceived flaws).

For the most current and detailed information, refer directly to the DSM-5 or official publications and resources.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder and a Culture of Perfection

Recognition and Treatment of Muscle Dysmorphia and Related Body Image Disorders

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