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The Woman In The Mirror Is Skinnier Than You Think

When someone tells you that you’re not fat, it can be hard to believe them when you’re staring in the mirror. Don’t they see that jiggly mess there? Maybe you have some nice friends. But you might also be distorting what you see. Body dysmorphic disorder affects one in every 100 women in the U.K., reports the Daily Mail. In a story about self image, the paper worked with two women with body dysmorphia to digitally alter their photographs to match up exactly with their own perceptions (larger image after the jump). What you get is pretty terrifying, and hopefully less extreme than your own self-image. You would think seeing the comparison would be therapeutic. For the girl pictured above, Racheal, she did at first say, “It was like a form of therapy flipping back and forth between the two pictures of me because I could actually study the difference.” But that effect seemed momentary when she went on to say, “But if I stop and look at the first unaltered picture, I feel repulsed and sick to the stomach.” This brings up the issue of whether body dysmorphia is unalterable: Rachael is confronted with the drastic comparison, realizes the differences, but is still fearful of her own face. What do you think? Is this body issue curable? Can it exist in the mirror and in a picture? [Daily Mail]

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