Let’s begin with a small quiz. Take a look at the five questions below and mentally make a note if you say YES to 3 or more of them
- Do you repeatedly look in the mirror and seek reassurance about you appearance?
- Do you constantly feel conscious about the way you look
- Do you diet and exercise excessively?
- Do you wear excessive make-up or heavy clothing to hide your perceived flaw?
- Do you think your perceived flaw is visible to everyone?
So, how many YES did you say?
Almost all of us have something we hate or dislike about your body-a jiggly tummy, a crooked nose, or that spot of cellulite. And most often than not, we exaggerate these so called faults in our minds while our friends see us as perfectly normal. But when the process of self-criticism gets out of control, it’s called Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
It’s Real Alright
Body dysmorphia is a real phenomenon but rarely talked about. Yup, it’s true. Not only regular people, but celebrities like Michael Jackson, Uma Thurman and Marilyn Monroe also openly suffered from BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder).
So the question you must thinking, is it such big deal? Doesn’t everyone like to be skinny and perfect?
Yes, it’s true. We are a culture obsessed with ‘thin’. From skinny jeans, to skinny belts, skinny shirts and so on, we like to believe that when it’s thin, it’s fine. We love a makeover story where an actress shed all her fat turned into a walking talking mannequin. There is nothing wrong with it, till it gets risky.
But when does it turn dangerous?
Sometime very simple could become the trigger. Weight loss pills, teas, diets, super skinny celebrities splashed on the covers of fashion magazines….phew! It’s exhausting and daunting and thus, doesn’t come as a surprise when the case is reported of a 14 year old feels that she is “too fat” and turns vegan. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best. But if you start noticing that you are spending way too much time obsessing about your appearance, then it’s time to take a pause and take control back.
It’s true that no one knows the real cause of BBD but is it only the magazines and media to be blamed? What do you think? Share your thoughts with us.