Body Dysmorphia Weight Loss: How to Know if you Have Body Dysmorphia

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Do you obsess over your body image? Are you constantly comparing yourself to others and feeling like you never measure up? If so, you may be struggling with body dysmorphia.

Body dysmorphia can be a complicated mental health condition that leads to weight loss or weight gain, depending on how you or anyone with body dysmorphia tries to cope with their distorted body image.

In this blog post, we will discuss body dysmorphia weight loss, and how it differs from other types of eating disorders.

What is body dysmorphia weight loss, and how does it differ from other types of eating disorders?

Body dysmorphia weight loss is when you become fixated on the idea that you are overweight, even if you are not.

This can lead to severe dieting and exercise habits that can be harmful to your health. Body dysmorphia weight loss differs from other types of eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, in that it is not as focused on achieving a certain weight.

Body dysmorphia weight loss affects your perception of your body image. This can be anything from your skin, hair, nose, stomach, legs, or other body parts. If you suffer from body dysmorphia, you will often spend a lot of time thinking about your appearance and how you can improve it. Additionally, you may avoid social situations or wear clothes that cover up your body.

How do you know if you have body dysmorphia?

How do you know if you have body dysmorphia?

There are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine if you have body dysmorphia:

  • Do you spend a lot of time thinking about your body and how you look?
  • Do you avoid social situations because you are afraid people will judge you based on your appearance?
  • Do you compare yourself to others and feel like you never measure up?
  • Do you constantly criticize your body and pick yourself apart in your mind?
  • Do you have a hard time accepting compliments from others?
  • Do you only see the negative aspects of your body and not the positive?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be struggling with body dysmorphia. If you are concerned that you may have body dysmorphia, it’s important to reach out to a mental health professional for help.

What are some signs and symptoms of body dysmorphia?

There are a few key signs and symptoms to look for if you think you may have body dysmorphia:

  • Preoccupation with body image: This can manifest as constantly thinking about your body and how you look. It can also manifest as avoidance of social situations for fear that people will judge your appearance.
  • Comparing yourself to others: Feeling like you fall short compared to others.
  • Criticizing your body: Constantly picking yourself apart in your mind and criticizing your body.
  • Difficulty accepting compliments: You struggle to accept compliments because you don’t think highly of yourself. This is common in people with body dysmorphia, as they often only see their body’s negative aspects, not the positive.

How to treat body dysmorphia

How can you prevent or treat body dysmorphia weight loss?

There are a few things that you can do to prevent or manage body dysmorphia weight loss:

  • Talk to a mental health professional: If you are struggling with body dysmorphia, talking to a mental health professional can help. They can help you understand your thoughts and feelings about your body and work with you to develop a healthy body image.
  • Challenge your illogical thoughts: If you find yourself thinking illogical things about your body, try to challenge those thoughts. For example, if you are thinking, “I’m so fat,” try to counter that thought with something like, “I’m not fat, I’m just right.”
  • Focus on healthy habits: Instead of focusing on losing weight, focus on developing healthy habits.
  • Accept your body: One of the most important things you can do is learn to accept your body. This doesn’t mean that you have to love your body, it does mean that you can learn to be accepting and compassionate towards it.

These are just a few things you can do to prevent or manage body dysmorphia weight loss. It’s also worth noting that many individuals with body dysmorphia choose surgical treatments like plastic surgery or hair transplants in order to “correct” their perceived flaws. It’s also important to remember that these procedures can often do more harm than good.

If you are considering any type of surgical treatment, it’s important to talk to a mental health professional first to make sure it’s the right decision for you.

What challenges and risks are associated with body dysmorphia weight loss?

These are a few challenges associated with body dysmorphia weight loss:

  • Society’s beauty standards: One of the biggest challenges associated with body dysmorphia is society’s standards of beauty. These standards are often unrealistic and can lead you to believe that you need to look a certain way in order to be considered attractive.
  • Social Media: Social media can be a big trigger for body dysmorphia. Because you are constantly confronted with images of “perfect” bodies, you may develop feelings of inadequacy.
  • Dieting: Dieting can be a risky behavior for you if you are struggling with body dysmorphia, as it can lead to an unhealthy obsession with food and weight.

These are a few risks associated with body dysmorphia weight loss:

  • Health complications: One of the most significant risks associated with body dysmorphia weight loss is health complications. When you have body dysmorphia and you lose weight, you often do so in unhealthy ways. This can lead to health complications like malnutrition, dehydration, and even organ failure.
  • Eating disorders: If you have body dysmorphia, you may often develop eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. These disorders can be extremely dangerous and even life-threatening.
  • Exercise addiction: Another common challenge associated with body dysmorphia weight loss is exercise addiction. Exercise addiction can lead to health problems like injuries, exhaustion, and even heart problems.

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Melinda

    I have body dysmorphia I have binge eating disorder and I’m 276lb I often compare myself with women that is smaller than me because I think I’m as small as them. I keep on eating and not exercising only when required for work I deal with anxiety and depression

    1. Makinwellness

      Hey Melinda. We are sorry that you are struggling with body dysmorphia. Feel free to schedule an appointment with one our team members. We’d love to help you move toward healing.

  2. Faith

    Hey,I really just found out about body dysmorphia and the symptoms fit what I feel. I wasn’t this fat person,but puberty did alot on me and so I hate myself,I hate my look. I have tried exercising,but I have never been consistent.

    1. Makinwellness

      Hi Faith. Not feeling confident in your own skin can be a difficult thing to deal with. If it would help to talk to someone about how you feel just schedule an introductory call with one of our team members. We’re here to help.

  3. Carolyn

    I’ve struggled with body dysmorphia for 13 long yrs! I developed Atypical Anorexia as a teen which evolved into Anorexia Nervosa. I ended up gaining weight but now I’m back to struggling with my eating disorder again due to weight gain that put me at almost 250!!! (My height is 5,7) If I feel like I’ve eaten too much then I have urges of not eating and just drink water for several days or even purging…😔😔😔 I hate it so much and find it humiliating and hard to talk about…☹️☹️☹️ I feel so ugly and want to smash the mirror every time I see myself!
    I hate everything about myself! I pick at my skin and have had fantasies about shaving my hips because I feel like their too big!!! I did see a therapist for a bit in my early 20s regarding my eating disorder but ended up stopping mainly because I don’t have the money to pay for her!!! 😭

    1. Makinwellness

      Hi Carolyn, thanks for sharing your story. We understand how you feel and that this is a hard thing to work through. Please consider contacting our Makin Wellness team today by phone (833-274-4325) or online ( We want to help you develop a plan to work through this.

      1. Danielle Haack

        I’m struggling with body dismorphia and disordered eating habits horribly. I’ve gone from 315lbs to 153lbs and I hate the way body looks more now. I often can’t find things that fit me right and I often spiral into a panic attack looking at my body. I feel horrible about myself in think my face, legs, arms look smaller and uglier now and my mid section is still so big I’m weirdly proportioned. I wanna wear cute outfits but often resort to covering myself up with baggy clothes and masks because I don’t want anyone to actually be able to see my body.

        1. Makinwellness

          Thanks for sharing your experience, Danielle. It can feel overwhelming to make such a drastic change and still be left unhappy with the results. You have clearly put in an incredible amount of work to get to where you are, so congratulations on your efforts. It is important to understand that every change you are seeking from your current situation is rooted in self-love. Without the self-love aspect, no cute clothes or body changing measures will feel satisfying. Body dysmorphia can play all sorts of tricks on our brains to make us feel different emotions. I would suggest seeking the guidance of a counselor to help you process what you have gone through and the progress you’ve made, as well as navigating your current results and negative self-talk.

  4. sankar sagar

    Your blog post was engaging and inspiring. I found the ideas you presented to be motivating and I am eager to apply them in my own life.

  5. Musclegaragefitness

    The article on “Body Dysmorphia and Weight Loss” provides a thoughtful exploration of the complex relationship between body image and weight loss. It highlights the importance of addressing not only physical health but also mental and emotional well-being during the weight loss journey. This article sheds light on the impact of body dysmorphia on individuals’ perceptions of their bodies, emphasizing the need for a holistic approach to health and self-acceptance. It’s a valuable resource for those navigating the challenges of body image and weight loss. Thank you for sharing this insightful piece.

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