There have always been people that struggle physically and mentally. Creating a world where they can open their phone and see thousands of runway models and instagram icons has not made it easier. Body dysmorphia has created a very negative environment around the social media industry and has made many people from this generation question their worth.
“Body dysmorphic disorder, also known as dysmorphophobia, is a common affliction, affecting approximately 1.7% to 2.4% of the population, with roughly equal distribution among men and women.” The idea that men cannot have body dysmorphia is so beyond wrong. Anyone can have body image issues and it is really hard to overcome it when social media and people around you don’t believe you can have negative connotations with your body as a man. “The cause of body dysmorphic disorder is thought to be a combination of environmental, psychological, and biological factors. Bullying or teasing may create or foster the feelings of inadequacy, shame, and fear of ridicule.” The other idea that body dysmorphia is self inflicting is also incorrect because there are many ways it can happen. It can be caused by other peoples’ words or even biological factors.
We can all help by creating a more positive environment within schools and on social media. There are always going to be people that find joy in tearing other people down and there is nothing we can change about their point of view. Especially now with the numbers going up in suicide and depression numbers we need to stop tearing people down and remind people that everyone has flaws. We need to try harder to understand everyone’s flaws about themselves to make them realize they are strengths.