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"Dysmorphia so severe I feel sick looking at myself ripped"

January 5, 2024
Gary

James Room details battle with body dysmorphia, how he almost died two days before PCA Worlds and tells the story behind The Spartan

BODYBUILDER James Room says he cannot stand looking at himself in show condition when stepping off stage because his severe body dysmorphia makes him "feel sick".

The Masters Over 50 icon, promotor of the Prepare for Glory shows in the Midlands, has suffered from severe body dysmorphia since his school days. He used to describe himself as a skinny teenager.

Room also details the row with the NAC, which ended his association with the federation after one year.

He also explains how, two days prior to flying to Spain for the PCA World Championship, he was rushed to hospital with "stomach pains that brought me to my knees". He had suffered an extreme reaction to fibre that almost cost him his life.

And Room also details the story behind The Spartan, the nickname and persona which he has adopted since 2015.

Recently Room announced he was postponing his 2024 version of Prepare for Glory to concentrate on winning the PCA Britain.

But added: "There are a few personal issues that need to be sorted. Plus, I also want it [the show] right for athletes. And after what happened with the NAC, it wasn't enough time to make changes with a different federation.

"I want to include qualification for some sort of world championship. Ao doing this [postponement] means that, in 2025, we have the possibility of two Prepare for Glory shows. One to qualify for a Worlds and one for a Universe."

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