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I stared in the mirror and obsessed about whether a space existed between my thighs. Sometimes referred to as the “thigh gap,” I did my best to stand at specific angles that might create such a space. When I couldn’t achieve this so-called ideal after a considerable amount of effort, I wore baggy clothes to hide the perceived flaw. I stayed in—again—instead of hanging out with friends.

My body was my prison.

Does your body keep you from engaging in life? If so, you may have wondered if you have a problem. Well, maybe you haven’t.

But if you’re obsessing about your shape, it’s important and really helpful to know the difference between two very serious mental illnesses: eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder. It can be really confusing to tell these two disorders apart.

To continue reading, please click here for the original post on Eating Recovery Center’s blog.

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