Body Dysmorphia and a God-Centered Response

Research confirms that Teenage Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or what’s known simply as “body dysmorphia” in pop culture, is on the rise. Findings prove that social media and screen time factor into this increase.  

While there are warning signs that your daughter might be battling body dysmorphia, to the untrained eye, it could seem like simple adolescent insecurity. Things like obsessing over scars or acne, excessively brushing or plucking hairs—they’re all common symptoms.  

The best course of action you can take for your girl is two-fold: seek professional, clinical help for this type of mental health disorder, and second, pray for her. Post Psalm 139 on a sticky note in your bathroom: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” 

Psalm 139:14 

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American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.