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Battling Body Dysmorphia

What is Body Dysmorphia?


Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health condition in which you can't stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance - a flaw that appears minor or can't be seen by others. But you may feel so embarrassed, ashamed and anxious that you may avoid many social situations.


How does Body Dysmorphia affect people daily?


Body dysmorphia can seriously affect someone's social, mental and physical life. The disorder usually doesn't get better on its own. If left untreated, it may get worse over time, leading to anxiety, severe depression, and even suicidal thoughts and behavior.


How does Body Dysmorphia affect the Latin American community?


The beauty culture in Latin America focuses on having a specific blend of Hispanic and European features including lightly tanned skin, long styled hair, an hourglass figure, large light eyes and plump lips.


How does Body Dysmorphia affect the Asian American community?


Asian and Western beauty standards are often in conflict. Asian beauty standards tend to prefer someone with a slender figure, long dark hair, and pale skin. As a result, Asian women whose sizes are mid-sized to plus-sized or have darker skin are excluded from what is considered

"beautiful.”


How does Body Dysmorphia affect the African American community?


The African American Beauty standards celebrate curves and curly hair. The majority of themes pertained to issues related to hair, skin tone, body type, and message sources.


To help you further on this battle with body dysmorphia here are some quotes, affirmations, and statistics.



























































 


Hi I'm the author of this blog post,

Nhi Huynh


I'm a junior in high school. I enjoy shopping, eating, and cheerleading. My favorite food is pasta especially a spicy tomato based pasta with strawberry basil lemonade. My favorite color is pink. I want to pursue medicine, possibly surgery in pediatrics. I am passionate about mental health advocacy.

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