Dr Vanessa Bogle, Chartered Psychologist, BABCP accredited Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT) and exercise professional dispels the myths about Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

In the fitness industry, where pressures to conform to beauty, body shape, weight and size ideals exist, fitness professionals should all be familiar with the term Body Dysmorphic Disorder, for the benefit of ourselves and our clients.

We all have times when we feel dissatisfied about some aspect of our appearance. It’s no surprise, as we are constantly bombarded by images of unattainable ideals of how we should look and what we can do to achieve it, coupled with the pressure and expectations we put on ourselves.

This can lead to anxiety and an excessive preoccupation with appearance that causes distress and interferes significantly with day-to-day life.

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