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Why isn't extreme body building considered a mental disorder but anorexia and others is?

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Dr. Leonard Lado
Psychiatry
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In brief: Anorexia and muscle

Excellent question and observation! the reality is that both conditions share the following, body image disturbance, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, physiological disruption (anorexia leading to cardiac problem etc) (body building use of steroids etc).
The problem is that anorexia is more life threatening requiring medical attention. If body building is an illness what would happen to its industry.

In brief: Anorexia and muscle

Excellent question and observation! the reality is that both conditions share the following, body image disturbance, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, physiological disruption (anorexia leading to cardiac problem etc) (body building use of steroids etc).
The problem is that anorexia is more life threatening requiring medical attention. If body building is an illness what would happen to its industry.
Dr. Leonard Lado
Dr. Leonard Lado
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4 doctors agree

In brief: Ask the DSM committe

The psychiatric diagnoses are formulated by a committee and it is a endless series of compromises.
Extreme body building to the point of compulsive exercise could be diagnosed.

In brief: Ask the DSM committe

The psychiatric diagnoses are formulated by a committee and it is a endless series of compromises.
Extreme body building to the point of compulsive exercise could be diagnosed.
Dr. William Drescher
Dr. William Drescher
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In brief: Maybe it is

Some may consider extreme body building as a type of body dysmorphic disorder where an individual sees his or her body other than it is and continually tries to change it.

In brief: Maybe it is

Some may consider extreme body building as a type of body dysmorphic disorder where an individual sees his or her body other than it is and continually tries to change it.
Dr. Jeffrey Weyeneth
Dr. Jeffrey Weyeneth
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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
In most cases, to be an "official" mental disorder, the condition needs to cause either significant distress or significant impairment in functioning. Anorexia always causes significant health impairments. Extreme body building may or may not.
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