WWE's Braun Strowman Says 'I Still Do Struggle with Body Dysmorphia'

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIMay 16, 2021

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 11:  WWE wrestler Braun Strowman poses at a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Strowman will face heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury and WWE champion Brock Lesnar will take on former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at the WWE's Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Ahead of his WWE Championship bout against Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania Backlash in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday, Braun Strowman talked about his struggles with body image.

Strowman went from 285 pounds to more than 400 pounds when he competed as a strongman, per Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated. TMZ Sports reported he ended up losing "around 50 pounds" but is still critical of the way he looks.

"I used to struggle and I still do struggle with body dysmorphia," Strowman told TMZ Sports. "I struggled with bullying growing up because I was a chubby little kid, and then I grew to this gigantic mongoloid of a human being that I am, and I'm still judged for it because people look at me and go, 'Oh, this big meathead.'"

The Mayo Clinic notes: "Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health disorder in which you can't stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance—a flaw that appears minor or can't be seen by others. But you may feel so embarrassed, ashamed and anxious that you may avoid many social situations."

Strowman said he has heard from fans who have been inspired by his weight loss, which he called "humbling" in speaking to Barrasso at the start of May.