Body Dysmorphic Disorder

I thought that this may be an appropriate disorder to look at today because often times image is something that often comes up in my line of business (although I’m mainly concerned with extending lives by making them healthier and lowering their body fat). I wrote before on the publics and people’s obsession with self-image. We’re smacked in the face day-in and day-out with images of skinny fat models on advertisements for virtually everything. So much is based on appearances, that it’s no wonder that things that body dysmorphic disorder exist (although if people had the right change of thoughts then maybe we wouldn’t have all these self-inflicted anxieties). Body dysmorphic disorder is  a chronic mental illness where the individual can’t stop thinking about the ‘flaws’ in their appearance (you know where the rail thin girl looks in the mirror and sees a  chunky girl). They tend to obsess over these apparent flaws, sometimes turning to surgical ‘fixes’ that don’t satisfy them either. Risks include:

  • childhood teasing
  • low self-esteem
  • societal pressure of expectations of beauty

Complications can result from the disorder such as:

  • suicidal thoughts/behaviors
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • eating disorders
  • substance abuse
  • social phobia
  • low self-esteem

I know that this is deemed a medical condition, but most of these seem like situation we create. Sure there may be some chemical imbalance that they want to blame it on, but anxiety and stress are usually self-inflicted. It all starts with thoughts. We tend to beat ourselves up over our looks and things that we can’t change right now. Focus on the current moment and being happy with yourself and doing what your body needs. Allow yourself to be perfect the way you are. Like Dr. Dyer says “My body is perfect, born at precisely the right time, and this is the perfect age now. I accept myself as I am. I accept my role in the perfection of this universe at this time. I surrender to the natural course of my body’s destiny.” For more on our life-extension programs check out our website at

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