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Can A Fmorbidly Obese Person Have Body Dysmorphic Disorder
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
The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more
Absolutely: Body dysmorphic disorder refers to someone who is overly preoccupied with a particular part of their body and believes it is much uglier or misshapen than objectively is the case. That can occur at any weight. What can be difficult is distinguishing between distorted body image and distress with accurate body image. ...Read more
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
Yes: An obsession with a perceived flaw does not discriminate. ...Read more
They are connected: Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that involves eating very few calories and often involves excessive exercise. Body dysmorphic disorder is when a person sees a small defect in themselves and magnifies it tremendously. A person who sees a small belly bulge and perceives themselves as obese would have body dysmorphic disorder, and might be prone to anorexia nervosa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Psychiatric Illness: Body dysmorphic disorder is a psychiatric illness in the "somatoform disorder" category. People with this disorder become preoccupied with a real or perceived minor physical defect and go to extensive lengths to hide or change it. They often seek out plastic surgery and are typically unhappy with the results. Worrying about their perceived defect significantly interferes with daily functioning. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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