In the News

Michele Kerulis, Ed.D., Director, M.A. in Counseling, Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology Program
Dr. Kerulis Interviewed for Broadcast
News Reports on Muscle Dysmorphia
or 'Bigorexia'

A number of men fall victim to 'bigorexia' or muscle dysmorphia--an obsession with excessive exercising to 'bulk up,' explains Michele Kerulis, Ed.D, LCPC, CC-AASP, Director of the Adler School's Counseling Psychology: Sport and Health Psychology Specialization program.

In an interview aired in news reports from CBS New York ("‘Bigorexia’ Could Come With Serious Side Effects"), CBS Miami ("‘Bigorexia’ Becoming A Dangerous Disorder"), and other outlets across the United States and U.K., Dr. Kerulis explains that the condition may lead to psychological abnormalities, including irritability and angry outbursts; depression; or mania, in addition to its physical risks. 

In the video and her direct quotes, Dr. Kerulis notes that 45% of men are dissatisfied with their body image. She does not state that 45% of men suffer from bigorexia or muscle dysmorphia, as inaccurately re-reported in some news accounts.

Click at the news links above for text stories, or click here to watch video of Dr. Kerulis' interview in a Wisconsin ABC 19 News report: "Examining Muscle Dysmorphia or 'Bigorexia.'"

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