Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is “a disabling preoccupation with an imagined, or slight, flaw in appearance”. It affects around 50% of us. Most of them self-medicate because they are afraid to be labeled “vain” by medical professionals.
Dr Veale, who also works with the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation, “says it is actually earlier life events such as poor child-mother attachment and bullying that are more significant. “The media pressures are out there, but they are only a small part of the story”.”