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Why are so many unhappy women obsessed with their own bodies?

Female patients use their bodies as a canvas on which to express their distress

By Anna Blundy   July 2018
The gaze of other people can cause insufferable pressure

The gaze of other people can cause insufferable pressure

I started putting on weight during my second analysis seven years ago. At first this felt like progress—I wasn’t trying to be perfect anymore. I was beginning to be happier in my skin, not worried about how I appeared in the anyway creepy male gaze.

I thought I was accepting my femininity and allowing myself to be softer in a literal as well…

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