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Sarah Michelle Gellar: I have body dysmorphic disorder

Looking a lot better than bony season 7 Buffy
Looking a lot better than bony season 7 Buffy
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I've been on a long hiatus from writing any specious gossip about famous people, so bear with me. Although this isn't exactly gossip, I suppose. In October's issue of Health magazine, Sarah Michelle Gellar confirms what many have speculated since her dramatic physical transformation during Buffy The Vampire Slayer: she suffers from Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

Or does she confess it as much as kind of blithely apply it to herself with the same casual way that people misuses the term 'ocd'?

"I totally have body dysmorphic disorder. I think most women do. I just have to remember that I'm human, and I'm a mom. Being a parent changes the vanity at least a little bit."

Most women probably don't have the definition of body dysmorphic disorder, which is a condition in which people (men and women) view themselves from a distorted and innaccurate mental mirror, obsessing over what they see as visible flaws in their physique. It's what happens when a very thin person complains about being fat. You might think they're being a jerk, but they might be seeing something other people don't.

Gellar went on to say that she doesn't hold herself up to other celebrity beauty standards, preferring to use her own image as a reflection of attainable goals:

"I think if I was going to put something up, I would put a picture of myself where I was proud of my body."

The conversation doesn't veer too far into eating disorder territory, which is a shame, because it would be interesting to hear Gellar's perspective of it after evolving physically on television over the last two decades.

Meanwhile, no comment on that terrible Happy Days boat scene in the premiere episode of Ringer.


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