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  • The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program at Rhode Island Hospital

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder in Women and Men

  • Women and men with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) appear to have more similarities than differences. They appear largely similar in terms of demographic factors such as age and educational level, BDD symptoms and co-occurring disorders such as depression.

    However, there appear to be some differences. Females appear more likely to be preoccupied with excessive body hair and with their hips, breasts, legs, or weight (thinking they're too large and fat). They're also more likely than males to pick their skin, check mirrors and use camouflage to cover the disliked areas (for example, with makeup). They're also more likely to have an eating disorder in addition to having BDD.

    Males are more likely to be unmarried and to be preoccupied with the appearance of their genitals or thinning hair. They're also more likely to think that their body build is too small, skinny, or not muscular enough (muscle dysmorphia). In addition, males are more likely to have a problem with alcohol or drugs.