Braun Strowman Discusses His Struggles With Body Dysmorphia, Focusing on Mental Fitness

Posted By James Walsh on 05/16/21


TMZ Sports recently spoke with WWE Superstar Braun Strowman, who discussed his struggles in dealing with body dysmorphia issues. Below are some highlights (via TMZ & Fightful).

Strowman on dealing with body dysmorphia: ďI used to struggle and I still do struggle with body dysmorphia. 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 Iím still judged for it because people look at me and go, ĎOh, this big meathead.'Ē

On hearing from fans on how heís inspired them: ďPlus, with seeing how much Iíve changed in the last year or so, what itís done for other people. The messages I get from fans, friends, family, strangers from all around the world that send me messages, ĎHey, Iíve seen your fitness goal. Itís made me change the way I eat, made me get back in the gym, Iíve lost 100 pounds, Iíve lost 200 pounds.í All this stuff. I have moms, dads message me, ĎIíve changed the way I cook for my family, for my kids. We eat at home more. We eat more homecooked meals versus eating out,í and itís really cool to see that trickle effect goes down when in the grand scheme of things, I never in a million years thought Iíd mean this much to people around the world. Iím a simple country boy from a tiny little town in North Carolina that tripped and fell into the coolest job in the world.Ē

Braun Strowman on how itís humbling for him: ďItís humbling, itís really humbling. To see the transformation pictures that people send me itís just, wow. Then to hear the stories of how not only are they physically healthier, but theyíre mentally healthier. Thatís been the biggest thing Iíve noticed because I used to struggle and I still struggle with body dysmorphia. 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 Iím still judged for it because people look at me and they go, Ďoh, this big meathead.í Which, I donít mind meathead, I take that as a compliment because I work really hard to make this look like this. But at the same time, donít judge a book by its cover. Iím very articulate. I feel like Iím kind of intelligent and you know, I like to read, I like to learn, I like to explore and itís more than just fee-fi-fo-fum Iím going to grind your bones to make my bread. Itís really neat to break stereotypes, push through these walls that have been put up for these toxic masculinity men and really show the world how compassionate and how loving that we really are. But just donít piss us off because if you make us angry, you probably wonít like it.Ē