The behavior of many people in Western societies has set off a wake-up call from mental health experts, as image culture increasingly influences our behavior.
Addiction to sport or obsession with body image are phenomena that have arisen in recent times due to the values promoted by capitalist society, fueled by consumerism and the commercial media. However, it also has an effect on mental health, and vigor is an example. Below we will see what this disorder consists of.
Modern men’s obsession with their bodies
Our culture places undue importance on body image and the media constantly bombards us with advertisements about what our bodies should look like. Exercise is arguably one of the healthiest habits humans can practice; but, when we become obsessed with our appearance, these beneficial effects disappear.
The modern obsession with having a muscular body this is called vigorexia, although it is also called vigorexia or adonis complex.
What is vigor?
In other articles we have explained how the exercise it can almost become a dangerous addictionMany times due to low self-esteem or the poor perception we have of our body. An example of this type of addiction, for example, is runnorexia or running addiction.
But another phenomenon that is often talked about in these cases is that of vigor, a disorder suffered by people who they are obsessed with having a strong, muscular and low-fat body image; despite a well-developed musculature, these individuals present a rather thin and fragile appearance.
Vigor is also referred to as reverse anorexia, as these people do not starve themselves but become obsessed with eat a lot of protein and even use anabolics, which can cause side effects such as acne, enlarged mammary glands, hair loss, mood swings, heart problems …
For vigorexicos, physical exercise is not synonymous with health, but what they seek is to achieve a perfect aesthetic while sacrificing even their well-being.
What are its causes?
Experts conclude that the causes of vigor are varied. However, the environment plays an important role for the person to develop this disorder. Values and beliefs, consequence of the culture of the image, Play a decisive role in how we value ourselves and how we see ourselves.
So much of the obsession with the physical is driven by unrealistic expectations about the perfect body, which frequently appears in the media. This culture rewards physically attractive individuals and despises those who are not. And while this can thwart proper education, the truth is that many people they suffer from their physical appearance.
Relationship between perfectionism and vigor
However, personal factors also seem to be relevant in the development of vigor. The perfectionist personality causes people to focus too much on their bodies and never be satisfied with the image they have. It also makes them hard on themselves and continue harmful behaviors such as overtraining, Constant consumption of supplements, obsession with food, etc. Behaviors that are still an attempt to approach the image of the perfection of the body that they have in their mind.
Self-esteem also influences when it comes to appreciating it negatively, and lack of confidence makes these people look in the perfect body for a way to feel better.
Finally, vigor can be the result of family issues or emotional trauma from childhood, such as after being bullied.
Symptoms and signs
Vigor is a type of body dysmorphic disorder (CHD), in which the sufferer lives obsessed with their physical appearance and thinks about their body for several hours a day. Outraged, this constant comparison with the ideal of beauty it tends to generate great anxiety and discomfort.
Hence, this problem should be treated with the help of a professional, as it can drastically reduce the quality of a person’s life and even lead to other negative consequences like depression. But how to identify this disorder?
What are your symptoms? Vigorous people:
- Spend a lot of time taking care of your body image, for example at the gym. What interferes with social life or the performance of your job.
- They look at each other in the mirror every two to three.
- They can prevent others from seeing your body for lack of confidence (even if they are fine).
- They experience extreme anxiety or distress if they don’t train.
- They practice extreme diets.
- They use anabolics or supplements that are harmful to health.
Vigor can have a big impact on the health of the person suffering from this disorder as it can lead to physical problems due to overtraining or unhealthy diet, serious problems due to steroid use. and even more mental health issues of the individual as severe depression. This is why vigor should be treated by a professional psychologist who specializes in this type of problem.
There are psychotherapy treatments that have been shown to be effective, for example, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), acceptance or commitment therapy. or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The latter is perhaps the one that enjoys the most popularity and the one that offers the maximum number of guarantees.
Cognitive behavioral therapy applied to vigor aims to make the patient aware of how their beliefs and behavior affect their well-being, and then to modify their thinking and behavior. To do this, he uses different techniques such as social skills training or cognitive restructuring, among others.