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How does muscle dysmorphia affect the body?

Muscle dysmorphia is characterized by a distorted self-image, which can lead to damage to the body as the person strives to attain an imagined ideal body state. People with muscle dysmorphia are more likely to use steroids and other related drugs, which can damage the body in various ways in time. If you have muscle dysmorphia, you're also more likely to work out more than your body can actually handle, so you run the risk of straining or damaging your muscles, joints, cartilage, and other areas affected by weight lifting.

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