I am ecstatic to have Katrina Tse from BDD Does Happen To Us to join us to talk about the relation between the fashion industry affecting mental health, thus, leading to Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
Before further ado, I’ll like to introduce our friend from ‘BDD Does Happen to us’
We all know that how Fashion Industry and media spread an unhealthy view of today’s teenagers.
Our perception of beauty is significantly influenced by the media outlets like magazines, TV and social media. They craft the idealised standard of beauty and humanity and from their creation are born the desire to become the idealised form. Theses trend create an unrealistic standard that we feel we have to live up to. Sometimes we find ourselves judging and comparing our own lives with the updates, tweets, and photos from the media. In fact, this demanding beauty standard is difficult for people to reach and the comparisons we make can cause feelings of inferiority that lead to low self-esteem.
It has additionally been associated with higher rates of developing serious mental health issue like Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). It is “a preoccupation with what they imagine to be a defective body part or a distorted view of some small and insignificant defect.” As BDD often takes hold during the teenage years when one is very vulnerable to be affected by the Fashion media, many assume that teenagers are more likely than others to get this disorder. I am working on a campaign about increasing the awareness of BDD.
Katrina Tse – BDD Does Happen To Us