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In an interview, Rachel asked if there is much research to support the suggestion that most people with eating disorders have a distorted body image?”
Body Image Specialist, Neomie Da Costa replies: “Absolutely. People in general don’t see themselves as others do. For instance, I know someone who would describe himself as very calm and placid, while I and most of our friends think of him as quite volatile.
“Human being are not objective creatures. For instance, if you ask most women to close their eyes and show you with their hands, how wide they think their hips are, they will generally over-estimate. Most women think they are fatter than they are”.
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“Certain conditions, the most well known of which is Body Dysmorphic Disorder, do share symptoms of obsession about appearance and how others perceive our personalities. People who have this type of condition, including those with OCD, trichotillomania and dermatillomania are often over-critical of themselves in a variety of different ways. Some psychologists believe this is due to one of more of their parents or caregivers having been over-critical, but there is now some evidence to indicate that certain areas of the brain concerned with remuneration (or over-thinking) may be overactive in these individuals”.