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Obesity And Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Yes: An obsession with a perceived flaw does not discriminate. ...Read more
Yes: Bdd involves an unhealthy and excessive concern about body image and often preoccupation with a perceived physical defect. Others may see nothing wrong. These can be many physical features and not be related to being too fat or too skinny. When someone refuses to take in normal amounts of food and is overly concerned about weight specifically, that is an eating disorder and different than bdd. ...Read more
Weight tables: You can compare yourself to insurance weight tables. http://www.halls.md/ideal-weight/met.htm do note that it has more recently been shown that a weight that is 10% over the insurance weight tables is more healthy as you have some reserves in case of serious illness that interrupts nutrition. If in doubt, see your physician who can do a better assessment. ...Read more
Body dysmorphic: Disorder is a very subjective experience. You perceive a part of your anatomy as ugly or unacceptable but others do not. Being clearly overweight is more objective. You can see it on the scale, not just your opinion. Please see a mental health professional to help you further with this question. Peace and good health. ...Read more
BMI: Probably the best resource for comparing your perceptions of your weight to "reality" is the body mass index calculation. There are several sites on the web where you can put in your weight, height, etcetera and get a value for your bmi which allows you to compare yourself to others. If you are very worried about your weight and it is close to the normal range, you might have a body image problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe, but specific: Not sure i understand the question. People with bdd definitely see parts of themselves in a distorted fashion that does not gibe with what others perceive. However, they do not hallucinate, that is hear voices or see ojects that others can't see. ...Read more
Absolutely, but...: Bdd is an irrational, excessive preoccupation with and dislike of some aspect of your body, for example, being convinced your chin is too pointy, making you ugly, when in fact it is quite within the normal range. A morbidly obese person might have such a preoccupation. Dislike of the obesity itself, even if it caused great distress would not be bdd because it's reality based. ...Read more
Support, Encourage: If your friend is struggling with signficant problems related to perception of his/her body image, then the best thing you can do is to encourage him/her to seek out help for this difficulty. This may be hard if he/she does not think there is a problem. You need ot look for ways and opportunities to encourage your friend to focus on his/her health and the need for help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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