Body image distortion is a brain condition where the person is unable to see himself or herself accurately in the mirror and perceives features and body size as distorted. Malnourishment is known to create this illusion, possibly an adaptation to famine where the person will continue to feel well-fed and pursue food for the community. The image the individual perceives may be huge despite an actual state of emaciation. The distortion affects touch as well; anorexics may physically feel that their arms, thighs or stomachs are many times their actual size. Researchers have identified parts of the brain that appear to control or process body image information. See Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
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