When you have body dysmorphic disorder, you intensely obsess over your appearance and body image, often for many hours a day, and may feel very depressed or even suicidal, according to an eye-opening new study.
People who restrict how much they eat because they have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), may be at higher risk of taking their own lives.
Researchers say restricting food intake because of BDD is linked with double the risk of suicide. In short, body image issues can kill you.
"Significantly limiting food intake can be physically painful," study researcher Dr. Katharine A. Phillips, M.D., of Rhode Island Hospital, said.
"It goes against our natural instincts to feed our bodies and people may respond to the physical pain that comes with extreme hunger."
"The results of this study suggest the importance of assessing individuals with BDD for restrictive eating behaviors to identify suicide risk, even if they haven't previously been diagnosed with an eating disorder."