a friend's poor body image
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|Tue, 09-08-2009 - 6:03pm|
Ever have a friend who looks great but who thinks they look terrible? What do you say when they complain? I mentioned in a previous post that I don't have body image issues....so I'm really out of my depth in what to say.
I have a mid-20's male friend who is HOT. We're talking 'smokin'. But he hates his body. His body type is naturally lean but because he can't bulk up with muscle, he thinks he looks weedy. On other days he complains about his fat stomach which is truly non-existant. I truly don't understand what's going on in his head.
I think he has a touch of body dysmorphia.
I give him tips like "don't tell other people your flaws and they won't notice". I've compared his attitude to the skinny girls who complain about being fat (I thought he'd relate to that). I've told him straight out that he's hot. I've told him that his mirror is broken. But he doesn't believe any of it.
I've stopped short of telling him there's nothing wrong and he must stop complaining to me....but I'd really like to say it!
So, any tips on dealing with friends who have broken mirrors?