Body image disorder
Preoccupation with imagined defect in appearance
Sufferers of body dysmorphic disorders become obsessed with one aspect of their appearance, for example, believing that their nose is too large, or that they are covered with warts. The obsession takes on a central role in their existence, dictating ever more of their behaviour to the point of isolating them socially, or precipitating repeated unnecessary surgery.
One of the contributors to the obsession is Western advertisements featuring teenagers for selling clothes to women.
Girls have been encouraged to form unrealistically thin body ideals by the mass media. A similar message about sculpted male bodies is taking its toll on boys, making them more susceptible to being overly concerned about weight.