8 Triggers of Body Dysmorphia Women Say They Can’t Escape

Studies show that nearly half of all women suffer from Body dysmorphia, a disorder characterized by excessive self-consciousness about one's physical features.

Recently, one woman online asked a women's forum: “As a woman, what triggers your body dysmorphia?”

Many shared the specific factors that bring on episodes of self-consciousness and self-loathing. Here are eight common triggers.


One user is confident she is not overweight but swears she is when she looks in the mirror. She can see parts of her body she's unhappy with that she doesn't notice when she's not looking in the mirror.

For example, one Redditor wrote, “If I’m dating a man, and he makes comments about the kind of body he likes, I’ll immediately start comparing myself to that person.”

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According to one lady, it doesn’t matter what she looks like; there’re three days every month when she’s 100% convinced she looks fat and hideous. “I’ve learned that I can’t listen to my own opinion on those days, but it’s hard,” she said.

Photographs are like mirrors, and it can feel like they only capture our worst sides. One woman wanted to disappear forever after viewing a shot of her hand handing out a bottle to a friend and realizing her fat fingers were visible.


Clothes that are too tight or sit on the stomach are not physically discomforting but give some women the trigger. One woman admitted to hating pants because the waistband will almost always be tight around their stomach when they sit down.”

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