It's probably not this:
But the fact is that BDD is everywhere.
The worst thing is that with BDD, even if you are at Max's level of fitness - which is to say, ripped - you can't see how great you look. Max realizes he looks a lot better than the average American, but he still doesn't think he looks good or even great and honestly I doubt he ever will.
I struggle with the same problem.
As you all know, I'm contest prepping and as part of that process I've dieted myself down to, well, the awkward stage between a size 0 and a size 2 - from a size 8 in January. (I'm 5'2 on a good day, for reference! Small bone structure! :))
People at the gym and even patients at work keep telling me I look great, so much thinner, "better" (which is kind of a questionable term, but a compliment is a compliment, right?), etc. I know that I must be much smaller - but when I look in the mirror, I always see the same thing: myself at my highest weight.
It's like living inside a carnival fun house where none of the mirrors work, and I think it's actually quite common.
I certainly think that part of this dysmorphia stems from the fact that as bodybuilders (or Oly lifters or powerlifters or runners or gym rats or cyclists or yogis) we spend a lot of time thinking about and looking at our bodies. I think part of it comes from all of the media messages we get all day; even if you don't read Cosmo or US Weekly, the bodies in Oxygen Magazine and Women's Health are unsustainable for any length of time - even for the models featured. And I think there are other factors: childhood experiences, personality traits, etc.
But I just want to be open about this experience, these feelings. When I realized (years ago) that Max, with his Greek-God-like body, had body image issues, it made me feel like so much less of a failure for having my own distorted body image. I realized it wasn't so uncommon or unusual or "wrong."
I hope that by addressing it, I can make someone else feel less alone in their own struggles.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Have you ever suffered from body dysmorphia?