I have in my diary that May 17th is Body Dysmorphia Awareness day, and I occasionally catch sight of a tweet to that effect, but my Google searches have not come up with anything that allows me to corroborate this for definite. So, whilst I don’t want to allude to anything that might not actually be happening, I thought it might still be worthwhile exploring Body Dysmophic Disorder (BDD), as it is often misunderstood.
I was doing some breakfast reading recently when I stumbled upon Mariella Frostrup’s advice column in the Guardian. She was replying to a letter from a woman who was presented as having a problem with chocolate. In fact the desperate cravings, secret eating and division of days into “good or bad” (depending on what she had eaten) shouted disordered eating. I read through the response waiting for the bit where Mariella addressed this and gave out details of where the writer might get help – but no, nothing of the sort. View the pictures →
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