Body Builders Profiling about Muscle Dysmorphic Traits, Orthorexia Nervosa and Social Anxiety

Mishal Fatima, Eiman Binte Sarfraz

ABSTRACT

Objective: To assess the muscle dysmorphic traits, orthorexia nervosa and social anxiety  among male body builders.
Study Design: A cross-sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: The Study was carried out at Department of Clinical Psychology of Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University, Islamabad from May 2020 to December, 2020.
Materials and Methods: A sample of 320 male bodybuilders within age range of 15 to 25 years were included in the study from gym centers of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. A web- based questionnaire comprising of closed ended questions was used to obtain data about demographics, muscle dysmorphia, orthorexia nervosa and social anxiety. Data was analyzed  on SPSS software 23 version.
Results: Our study found a significant relationship between muscle dysmorphia, orthorexia nervosa and social anxiety among male body builders. We found muscle dysmorphic  predicts 1.9% in orthorexia nervosa and 0.6% variance in social anxiety.
Conclusion: Society sets the standards of beauty for male population and when these ’t are not  met, individuals start to perceive imagined or slight flaws in their physical appearance, body shape, muscularity and size. The present study examined muscle dysmorphia, orthorexia nervosa and social anxiety among male body-builders. This study found male body builders with the muscle dysmorphic traits engage in orthorexia nervosa and experience social anxiety.

Key Words: Muscle Dysmorphia, Male Body-Builder, Orthorexia Nervosa, Social Anxiety.

How to cite this: Fatima M, Sarfraz EB.  Body Builders Profiling about Muscle Dysmorphic Traits, Orthorexia Nervosa  and Social Anxiety. Life and Science. 2022; 3(3): 115-119.  doi: http://doi.org/10.37185/LnS.1.1.225

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