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SPECIAL REPORT: Male eating disorders and the 300 body complex

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"Get back in shape." "Get beach body ready." "Grow muscle fast." These are the demands made by popular magazines like Men's Health.

The images seem to portray a chiseled body, and a protruding chest as the 'healthy' model, leaving thousands of men attempting to transform their bodies to look the same.

Body Be 1 trainer Roland Huff Sr. from the Columbus, Ga. area says, "Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our muscles are."

This creates an appetite for bulk reinforced by the media.

Dr. Kaizad Sheriff with Rivertown Psychiatry says, "A lot of people only look at women, and complain about how women are portrayed in the media as super skinny, and how every woman tries to copy that. But what is left out is that men are portrayed as extremely bulky. And boys see that all the time, too." 

The images pound on the pressure to get a sculpted body like the men from the movie 300 to kick the extra body fat, and turn it into lean muscle. It's a task professionals call 'heavy'.

"To get to that 300 club can easily lead to overtraining, overeating, sometimes under-training, sometimes under-eating," Huff adds.

That desire sometimes drives men to take matters into their own hands, and seek instructional YouTube videos like this one from TXC which calls for 20 pull ups, 50 push ups and an 18 minute 3 mile run. But the folks at Body Be 1 say that's just not a healthy approach to take when trying to get that 300 body.

The gladiator body quest is leading boys and men to the brink of a condition widely known a manorexia where males go to extremes like starving themselves or working out excessively in an attempt to achieve the perfect BMI. Making it nearly impossible to be pleased with your body's image.

"I started off at 248 lbs.," Roland Huff Jr. tells us.

In 2013, Roland decided to make a life style change from a regular Joe to a body builder. It required him to shed nearly 60 lbs. In a matter of months is body composition changed drastically. Even now, he says he struggles with what he sees in the mirror.

Roland says, "For you to see me the first time--okay, I'm big, but I've been looking at myself for all these years. I don't see nothing. So, I have my moments sometimes. I'm a human just like everybody else."

Huff tells me the battle to building a body is really one against time and weight.

"We as people, we look at the scale, and we work as hard and we think we need to lose 10 pounds in two days because of the hard work when really it takes a lot of time," he explains.

Huff credits a strict diet, detailed exercise regimen and supplements for his change. Yet Sheriff warns that these things can easily cross the line of healthy to harmful for the mind and body.

"It releases so many chemicals at a time that you start getting angry and irritable about everything," Sheriff said. "Your personality changes. People, friends, family around you start wondering why you're snapping."

And Huff jokes about experiencing some of these changes, saying, "You go through depression sometimes. You go through anger. You go through a whole thing. It's like a man going through a menopause stage or whatever."

For boys, the excessive working out and unregulated supplements can cause more serious behavioral problems like rage, as well as physical issues. Body Be 1 trainer, Roland Huff says it's important for boys and men to regulate their food, exercise and supplement intake to avoid negative effects of the 300 body complex.

"You've got to find out what you're capable of doing," Huff adds. "So, find that expert that knows what they're talking about and how to do it and do it properly."

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