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How do I know whether its my body image perception or if someone is actually fat?

Like how do I distinguish between the two?
Original post by Anonymous
Like how do I distinguish between the two?

Have you tried calculating your Body Mass Index (e.g. using this calculator on the NHS web site) to see if it's says you're a healthy weight?

Note that BMI is a fairly crude measure, but it's better than nothing.
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Original post by DataVenia
Have you tried calculating your Body Mass Index (e.g. using this calculator on the NHS web site) to see if it's says you're a healthy weight?
Note that BMI is a fairly crude measure, but it's better than nothing.
BMi is not an accurate measure for me as my BMI is 14.7 due to my birth defect but I also have anorexia nervosa too. I found I don't really have the anorexic thoughts so much now but my body can't handle weight due to my birth defect.
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Original post by Anonymous
BMi is not an accurate measure for me as my BMI is 14.7 due to my birth defect but I also have anorexia nervosa too. I found I don't really have the anorexic thoughts so much now but my body can't handle weight due to my birth defect.

See your GP and get professional medical help.
Original post by Anonymous
Like how do I distinguish between the two?

There is no difference between the two. "is actually fat" is a perception. All humans have fat cells in them, and different people have different amounts of fat for a very wide range of genetic, medical, cultural and social reasons. Being 'too fat' is a perception in every case, although it might be attached to something evidence-based like the increased risk of diabetes or heart attack.

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