Here’s a serious post from me (for once). Imagine a sprinter, who has a 13s 100m time. This sprinter wants to compete at the international level and he knows he can’t do it by running the 100m in 13s. So he’ll train hard in order to run faster and bring his time down closer to 10s. Would a phsychologist say this athlete suffers from speedarexia?
So how is that different from the bodybuilder that also wants to compete at the international level and knows that he cannot do it weighing 160lbs? He will work hard at gaining muscle until he’s at 200 ripped lbs, and maybe then he’ll be competitive.
I think phsycologists today suffer from diagnostiphilia.[/quote]
There are people who have “exercise addictions” who lose their jobs/families because they compulsively eat/workout fearing they will get smaller/slower etc.
There’s clearly a difference between that kind of behavior and someone who prioritizes their exercise high in their life but remains functional (in the most basic sense) as a person, ie goes to work, has friends/family, can enjoy himself and not be compusively worried.
Pyschologists who do this are just like the doctors and dieticians who talk about the next super diet and cash in on something they know is a total misrepresentation.