The Concrete Theory

Battling Body Dysmorphia

Battling Body Dysmorphia

Body dysmorphia is a mental condition in which a person believes a part, or parts, of his or her body is extremely flawed. I didn’t know there was a name for what I experienced, or that anyone else experienced it too, until just last year. As a teenager growing up with the lack of heavy-handed social media influence (from 2003 to 2010), I never really had a problem with my body. Of course like any human on this planet, there were things I liked and disliked about myself, but I didn’t think much about it. I knew I had a larger than average Italian nose, hips for days, was shorter than all my classmates at a whopping 5’ 1”, and that my skin wasn’t the best, but I still had confidence. I knew I was a good person and took care of myself, and that was enough for me.