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Title: Muscle Dysmorphia in a Young Chinese Male
Authors: Ung, E.K.
Fones, C.S.L. 
Ang, A.W.K.
Keywords: Body dysmorphic disorder
Body image
Cognitive therapy
Issue Date: Jan-2000
Citation: Ung, E.K., Fones, C.S.L., Ang, A.W.K. (2000-01). Muscle Dysmorphia in a Young Chinese Male. Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 29 (1) : 135-137. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Introduction: To describe a young Chinese male with muscle dysmorphia, a recently proposed variant of body dysmorphic disorder. Clinical Picture: A 24-year-old.Chinese male with a morbid fear of weight and muscle loss with associated compulsive weight training, avoidance behaviour, forced eating, depressed mood and disturbed body image. Treatment: Antidepressants and cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy. Outcome: Preoccupation with muscularity was reduced. Conclusions: Muscle dysmorphia has been reported in Western populations, mostly among body builders and anabolic steroid abusers. To our knowledge, this is the first case report originating from a non-Western population. The patient illustrates the nosological difficulty of this recent entity. It is likely to be a culture-bound phenomena associated with a Western concept of an ideal body shape for males.
Source Title: Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore
ISSN: 03044602
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