Actress Megan Fox, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover star for 2023, has recently revealed that she is one of the millions of Americans affected by body dysmorphia. Despite being considered a sex symbol, Fox has never loved her body and has always experienced a discrepancy between how she perceives herself and how others see her. This is a common characteristic symptom of body dysmorphia, which is also known as body dysmorphic disorder.
Body dysmorphia is characterized by excessive preoccupation with an imagined defect in physical appearance or markedly excessive preoccupation with a minor physical abnormality. It affects men and women almost equally and usually begins to appear during adolescence. Muscle dysmorphia, which primarily affects males, is a subform of body dysmorphia characterized by preoccupation with the perception that one’s own body is not lean or muscular enough.
Living with body dysmorphia is not easy as the effects can spill over into all aspects of life, including socializing, work, and finances. People with body dysmorphia tend to spend a lot of time in front of a mirror to analyze perceived flaws. They may also isolate themselves out of shame or spend too much time worrying about how they look.
Treatment of body dysmorphia is a difficult process as there is no cure for the disorder. However, some effective treatments include cognitive-behavioral therapy and exposure and response prevention. A person with body dysmorphia must learn to tolerate the discomfort of not engaging in controlling behavior, and may also need to undergo trauma-informed therapy, which recognizes how a person’s trauma could be a root cause of body dysmorphia.
In conclusion, body dysmorphia is a disorder that affects millions of people around the world. It is important to recognize the signs of the disorder and seek professional help to manage it effectively. Treatment may be difficult, but it is possible to live a fulfilling life with body dysmorphia by getting the right support.