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As a society that's endlessly influenced by the media and the perfect image of Hollywood, there's pressure to look a certain way, even if you look fine in the first place. When someone has body dysmorphic disorder, they obsess over their body, even if there isn't anything wrong with it. According to a new study, people who suffer from BDD, a severe preoccupation with imaginary physical defects, are at a higher risk of suicide.
Research published in the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviorshows that restricting food intake because of BDD is linked with a doubled risk of attempting suicide. The study included 200 people (more than half of which were women) between the ages of 14 and 64 who had a lifetime diagnosis of BDD. The number of past suicide attempts ranged from 0 to 25.
The researchers reported that about 25 percent of people with this condition have attempted suicide, and 75 percent of people with the condition think that that their lives aren't worth living.
"The results of this study suggest the importance of assessing individuals with BDD for restrictive eating behaviors to identify suicide risk, even if they have not previously been diagnosed with an eating disorder," said study researcher Dr. Katharine A. Phillips, M.D., of Rhode Island Hospital in a statement.
Unfortunately, the disease doesn't discriminate - Body Dysmorphic Disorder occurs in both men and women, and, as we've seen with Nathaniel Asselin, who committed suicide at age 24 after suffering from BDD for over a decade. Still, that doesn't mean the media's ever-present unrealistic ideals are a mere correlation.
We're sorry about getting so heavy on you, but this is important. If you or someone you know is a suicide risk, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.