It is difficult for Miles to pinpoint the moment his muscle dysmorphia started. It was just always there, a background hum. "As far back as I can remember, I wanted a better-looking body," says the 35-year-old US soldier, now stationed in Mons, Belgium.
When he was 13, Miles spent a summer cutting grass to save up for a second-hand Soloflex exercise machine. The machine cost US$1,000, but as Miles was too young to join a gym, it was worth the expense.