Body Dysmorphia is a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance.
With everyone being picture perfect on their social media files and using filters, this can trigger it. Thinking you have to look a certain way, we are all guilty of messing around with filters for that perfect image. Every day social media is filled with airbrushed pictures of men and woman having to look a certain way or looking like a catwalk model.
This can cause a person to spend hours a day obsessing over real, imagined flaws and take extreme measures to hide perceived flaws from others. Most people with an eating disorder are not underweight. You can’t tell when someone has an eating disorder just by looking at them.
These perceptions can perpetuate the problem and may cause distress in eating disorders; sufferers fear not being “sick enough” or “good enough” at their disease to deserve treatment. The same goes for someone who is struggling with a binge eating disorder based on their weight. Any individual can experience an eating disorder at any weight. If you need any advice with this, you can call Mind on 0300123 3393, or if you do not want to speak to someone over the phone, you can email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certain factors seem to increase the risk of developing or triggering body dysmorphic disorder and other eating disorders.
Childhood neglect or abuse
Certain personality traits, such as perfectionism
For a person to be suffering from this can be debilitating, causing anxiety and depression.
We understand that not everyone has family support or even friends around them, so we have put the contact details on this page. If you know someone going through this, offer them as much support as you can and boost their confidence. Please encourage them to do the things they enjoy and avoid trying to make someone feel better by talking about their insecurities or flaws…give them space to speak freely about their feelings with you.
Time and patience and taking that first step in getting help is the first step.
At Positive Lifestyle, we believe everybody is beautiful, and bodies come in all shapes and sizes and is that is what makes us all unique. Making an appointment with your GP is also an excellent first step, and they can get you to see a Dietician who specialises in all areas.
This can be one of the most challenging times for someone suffering from an eating disorder to take, so give them your time, listen to them and try not to criticise or give advice. This can be tough when you disagree with what they say about themselves and what they eat.
Remember you don’t need to know all the answers. The first step is getting help. Removing potential stigma, tell your friend that’s there is no shame in admitting your struggle with an eating disorder or other mental health issues. Offer to help them reconnect with their values and who they want to be can help them stay focused on long-term recovery and not the short-term benefits of the eating disorder.
Many people will be diagnosed with eating disorders during their lifetime, and many will recover with the right medical professions. All you can do is be there for this person and be kind; please remember you are not alone, and you can come out the other side.
Taking the first step towards recovery is scary and challenging. The road to recovery is admitting you have a problem and going to your first appointment; this may seem a lot to deal with but remember you are not alone, and with the right help, you can find joy in your life again.