A body image disturbance involves a strong internalized misperception of an individual’s weight, shape and appearance, especially in relation to how an objective observer would perceive this individual. It may involve a range of behaviors, including an abnormal emotional reaction to a body feature (such as waist size), negative statements (“I look fat”), a strong misperception regarding body features (believing oneself to be overweight when actually very skinny), and avoiding social activities that might place scrutiny on the body (e.g. parties, dances, the mall, etc.).
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