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14 Celebrities Who May Suffer From Body Dysmorphia

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A pathological preoccupation with an imagined or slight physical defect of one's body to the point of causing significant stress or behavioral impairment. Gracias, Miriam Webster. It can be the shape of your nose, the texture of your skin, often it has something to do with your weight, but whatever it is, no one needs to suffer alone! Here are 14 celebrities that have Body Dysmorphic-type symptoms to varying degrees. They're suffering right along with you!

1. Hayden Panettiere

The Nashville star is one of the most outspoken celebrities about her struggles with body dysmorphia, which she says started when a photo of her appeared in a magazine with a headline pointing out the presence of cellulite. Celebrities! They’re just like us, you know, like they have feelings, and when we say mean things about them, they are capable of feeling emotional pain? Panettiere was 16 years old in the photo. 

2. Reid Ewing

Best known as “Dylan” on Modern Family, Ewing recently made headlines when he went public with his plastic surgery addiction and aggressive body dysmorphia. In an interview with The Huffington Post, he said, "I'd sit alone in my apartment and take pictures of myself from every angle, analyzing every feature." (#WhoHasn't) Ewing ended up undergoing a series of plastic surgeries, starting with botched cheek implants and then a series of botched other stuff, mostly to try to undo the botched cheek implants. P.S. He's gay. He came out recently on Twitter. Rock on! 

3. Miley Cyrus

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Cyrus  is the first of a couple Disney child stars on this list. She says her body image issues started when she was an 11-year-old superstar, aka Hannah Montana. She told Marie Claire,  'You're a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing,'" Cyrus says. "Meanwhile, I'm this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras. I had f*ing flippers.” (Flippers, fyi, are fake retainer teeth for kids whose grown up teeth are still coming in). Miley has worked hard to overcome her body image issues, and look at her now! Hey, if someone forced me to look like the girl next door for a decade, I’d probably make an outfit out of a dildo, too. 

4. Brittany Snow

Snow was anorexic for nine years, weighing 84 lbs at age 14 on Guiding Light. She started by dieting with the adults on set, then became a perfectionist diet-er, obsessing over getting results, which gave way to anorexia, and years of cutting and other forms of self harm until being hospitalized at 19 for depression. Showbiz, am I right? 

5. Robert Pattinson

Here’s a dude who has been on People’s Sexiest Man Alive list and still suffers with body dysmorphic-type symptoms, frequently apologizing on set for how “ugly” he is and with crippling waves of anxiety before red carpet events. Talking about sucking the fun out of being a Twilight star.

6. Sarah Michelle Geller

When asked in an interview with Health Magazine about whether or not she has insecurities about her body, Geller responded, “Oh God … Im a female! I totally have body dysmorphic disorder. I think most women do.” Body dysmorphic disorder actually affects about 1.7-2.4% of the population, which translates to about 5-7 million people in the United States. 

7. Uma Thurman

Thurman developed body dysmorphia after the birth of her daughter. She describes herself as “strange looking” and obsessively worries about her weight. She said in an interview with TALK Magazine, “Ever since I had my baby I've had that body dysmorphic disorder. I see myself as fat. 

8. Andy Warhol

Warhol had an unhealthy relationship with the appearance of his nose, frequently preoccupied by its perceived redness. He even went so far as to have it professionally sanded by a doctor. Rhinoplasty is featured in one of his earlier works, “Before and After.” He also had obsessions with balding and aging. 

9. Michael Jackson

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The King of Pop had more than 30 cosmetic surgeries, drastically changing his appearance over the course of his career. Jackson also suffered from vitiligo, lupus and acne which also affected his appearance. He had permanent hair loss from the Pepsi fire. His father made fun of his appearance growing up which led to multiple rhinoplasties.

10. Lily Allen

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Allen is known as an artist who dresses to impress, and often dresses in very little to impress, but admits to struggling with weight-based body dysmorphia. She blogged about in 2007 saying, “I'm afraid I am not strong and have fallen victim to the evil machine. I write to you in a sea of tears from my hotel bed in Seattle. I have spent the past hour researching gastric bypass surgery and laser liposuction.”

11. Marilyn Monroe

Monroe was obsessed with looking at herself in the mirror and trying to “look better.” She experimented with different faces on set. She was known for her insecurities, but immortalized by her looks and talent. 

12. Shakira


Shakira talks to a therapist daily about her body dysmorphia and low self-esteem. She follows a strict diet and an even stricter exercise regime. She said in an interview with The Examiner“I wished that I was taller, had longer legs, slimmer hips, a smaller bottom, even straighter hair.”

13. Demi Lovato

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Lovato has spoken out about her childhood eating disorder and wants to start a foundation for girls who are suffering from body image disorders. She said that her body issues started at age 3 when she started wishing for a flatter stomach. She went to rehab for self-harm and bulimia in 2010. She said in an interview with Cosmo, “It makes me sad because I wasted so many years ashamed of my body when I could've been living the happy and healthy life I live today. It TRULY just goes to show you that your perceptions can lie to you. OR they can make you learn to enjoy life.”

14. Jamie Lynn-Sigler

You know her as Meadow in the HBO series The Sopranos. When she landed the role at 16, she was near suicidal with exercise-bulimia, which replaces a bulimic “purge” with obsessive exercise. Jamie woke up at 3am to exercise for four hours before going to high school. She talks about trying to take as many bathroom breaks from class as she could so that she had an excuse to walk more. “I would set things so far apart on the counter where I would have to walk up and down the kitchen counter to make it just so I can constantly be burning calories,” she said in an interview with CNN Health

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