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Actress Megan Fox, who has long been considered a sex symbol, recently said in an interview after appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated that she suffers from body dysmorphic disorder.
"I have dysmorphia in my body. I never really see myself the way other people see me," Fox said in an interview. "There was never a point in my life when I loved my body." Fox explained that she began to feel this way as a child. "When I was little, it was like an obsession I had, that I had to look like that," she said. "And why I had awareness of my body so young, I'm not sure. The journey to love myself is going to be never-ending, I think."
A mismatch between how someone perceives themselves and how others see them is a clear symptom of body dysmorphia. According to the American Psychological Association, it is "characterized by an exaggerated preoccupation with an imagined defect in physical appearance or a conspicuous excessive concern with a slight physical abnormality." As with Fox, how people actually look—or how attractive they are—has little to do with it.
Actress Megan Fox (Photo: Reuters)
What exactly is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?
Body Dysmorphic Disorder; BDD) is less known than other body image disorders, for example, the eating disorders anorexia or bulimia, but it is quite common, encompassing 1%-2% of the population. Nonetheless, in recent years it has received increasing attention in the media and it turns out that quite a few celebrities suffer or have suffered from it, including Robert Pattinson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Uma Thurman, Garbage vocalist Shirley Manson and, of course, Michael Jackson.
BDD first breaks out in adolescence and tends to occur more frequently in people who have first-degree relatives with OCD. Still, there is no clear evidence of a genetic mutation. Studies also indicate a high prevalence of neglect and abuse during childhood of those suffering from the disorder. In addition,
eating disorders, as well as clinical depression and social anxiety, often accompany BDD.
There is a subform of body dysmorphia: muscle dysmorphia, which mainly affects men, is marked by engaging in the perception that a person's body is not lean or muscular enough - often regardless of the person's muscular size.
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