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'Bigorexia' play comes to London theatre

Tom Vallen is bringing his one-man play, A Gym Thing, to London's Pleasance Theatre.

The play enjoyed a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival last year and will start in the capital on 30 April.

Set within a 60-minute workout, the production presents an honest portrayal of Bigorexia or Muscle Dysmorphia (reverse anorexia) - a subtype of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). BDD is a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder that affects both men and women - for those suffering with this, quality of life is extremely poor and, shockingly, suicide rates are among the highest out of all mental disorders.

Vallen said: "I am thrilled to bring A Gym Thing to a London audience following our exhilarating and heart-warming run at the Edinburgh Festival. The show is physically a challenge to perform and while I hope this entertains, it also highlights the lengths millennials will go to achieve the ultimate physique which has ever moving goalposts.

"Muscle Dysmorphia or Bigorexia affects one in 10 bodybuilding gym users and overall Body Dysmorphic Disorder has one of the highest rates of suicide of all the mental health disorders with one in 50 attempting suicide. I am very proud to be further spreading awareness around this debilitating disorder."

For more information on Muscle Dysmorphia go HERE.