RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SYMPTOMS OF MUSCLE DYSMORPHIA AND BODY COMPOSITION IN HIGH VOLUME WEIGHTLIFTERS
Muscle dysmorphia is characterized by exercise-obsessed individuals who fixate on obtaining a perfect physique, and is often accompanied by extreme feelings of inadequacy. This project aims to determine the relationship between the body composition and body perception among college-aged weightlifters. Subjects completed behavioral questionnaires and underwent anthropometric body composition measurements. It is expected that individuals who show traits of muscle dysmorphia will have higher muscle mass and lower adipose mass compared to those who do not display disordered body perceptions. This study will allow for more accurate identification of individuals at high risk of developing muscle dysmorphia.