Medical Minute: Body Image Disturbance

German adult film star Carolin Berger was never quite happy with her new breasts, even after undergoing 5 breast enhancement surgeries. So she opted for a sixth surgery hoping that would do the trick. Berger, who worked under the pr0n name Cora, died on Jan. 20 due to complications surrounding her sixth breast enhancement surgery.

She was 23.

This sad case illustrates the importance of educating the public about Body Image Disturbance (BID), or Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).

How many times have you heard a friend say that her nose is too wide or her breasts are too small, when they look perfectly proportioned to you?

Acording to AtHealth.com:

Body image may be seen as “disturbed” when one’s self-evaluation of appearance is at such a level that it interferes with social and/or occupational functioning, or causes elevated levels of anxiety and depression in the individual.

J. Kevin Thompson, PhD, co-author of Exacting Beauty: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment of Body Image Disturbance, explains that people who suffer from this disorder tend to focus irrationally on one or more of the following body sites: hair, nose, skin, eyes, thighs, abdomen, breast size or shape, buttocks, lips, chin, scars, height, and teeth.

These women will spend their life savings (or beg, borrow or steal) to surgically “correct” the body part that they believe renders them imperfect.

Assuring the BDD sufferer that she looks great won’t do any good because she suffers from a mental disorder that limits her ability to visualize herself realistically.

According to Dr. Thompson, “almost everyone has some body feature that they would like to modify.” But in the case of the BDD sufferer, they will “go to great lengths to modify the body site (via surgery, exercise, diet, etc.) or cover the feature (via make-up, clothing).”

There is no known cause of BID or BDD, and no known factors that might predispose a person to BID or BDD.

But most sufferers tend to be attractive people who were frequently told how beautiful they were when they were growing up.

This is why it is SO important to instruct your family and friends not to praise your child or focus on your child’s attractiveness because children at that age are unable to process or handle that information the way adults can.

Some adults feel uncomfortable when they receive compliments on their beauty. Imagine how a small child must feel.

This world is full of Halle Berry’s and Cora’s who are psychologically damaged by adults who were captivated by their beauty as children. Don’t let this happen to your child.

This has been your Medical Minute.

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60 Responses to “Medical Minute: Body Image Disturbance”

  1. 1
    miko says:

    ummmmmmmm………..i don’t even know what to say about this post…… goodbye

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    KK76 says:

    Umm, I thought someone asked for a Medical Minute on Eric’s horn?

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    KDub says:

    SKERRRRRRRRRT…you lost me at the end with…”This world is full of Halle Berry’s and Cora’s”…wtf Halle got to do with this? She ain’t changed SHYT ever….far as I can tell.

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    miko says:

    and don’t all porn stars get their tits done? how does this mean she had BID? i want to get mine down too after i have a child #justsayin

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    KDub says:

    Umm, I thought someone asked for a Medical Minute on Eric’s horn?
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    Somebody said yassday that women prolly ride his horn as a form of sexual pleasure…I want a medical minute on THAT…

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    Nupe1911 says:

    @ KDub – Halle had a nose job back in the late 80’s. I agree through … What halle have to do with this?

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    ohpretty1 says:

    KDub says:

    SKERRRRRRRRRT…you lost me at the end with…”This world is full of Halle Berry’s and Cora’s”…wtf Halle got to do with this? She ain’t changed SHYT ever….far as I can tell.

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    She is praised in Hollyweird and plastic surgery circles for having the best undetectable work done, specifically her nose and breasts. Google a pic of her from Boomerang and compare w/ a present pic. Not hating (cuz she looks good) just saying.

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    KDub says:

    Before I leave this post I gotta question….does this affliction apply to Palmer? Who has had her lips did more than once, her boobs did, and maybe her nose?

    JUST ASKIN!!!

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    free says:

    her body, her life. cigarettes and alcohol kill too. so does driving really fast under bad road conditions.

  10. 10

    I read about this yesterday and it’s sad but instead of focusing on BID why don’t you post on the negligent surgeons who run clinics unsanitized and not up to federal code? :coffee: Cuz that’s what killed her the surgeon not the fact that she wanted bigger boobs

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    yvonne79 says:

    Just 23 years old? Wow….sad indeed!

  12. 12
    yvonne79 says:

    Choco aka Hippie says:
    I read about this yesterday and it’s sad but instead of focusing on BID why don’t you post on the negligent surgeons who run clinics unsanitized and not up to federal code? Cuz that’s what killed her the surgeon not the fact that she wanted bigger boobs
    January 25, 2011 at 11:50 am
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    Playing devil’s advocate, in the event she took the time to research the surgeon and ensured his practice abided by federal and state codes, would she still be alive? Or was her obsession with improving her body image imparing her judgement? I think that’s what Sandra’s hinting at with this post but I could be wrong. :coffee:

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    msthicndawst says:

    Thats sad that a person has to go “under the knife” to feel “beautiful” about themselves. Im glad my mom taught me from a very early age that “black is beautiful, and so are you and God made you perfect”!

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    dimezz says:

    Choco aka Hippie says:
    why don’t you post on the negligent surgeons who run clinics unsanitized and not up to federal code? Cuz that’s what killed her the surgeon not the fact that she wanted bigger boobs
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    :preach:….Whaddup Choco

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    YSoSerious says:

    This is why it is SO important to instruct your family and friends not to praise your child or focus on your child’s attractiveness because children at that age are unable to process or handle that information the way adults can. — Sandra Rose
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    Is this how you justify talking slick about other people’s babies? :coffee:

  16. 16

    @Dimez :waves: Hey boo

    @Yvonne point made however chit the drs prolly had certificate she should’ve done due diligence but he should’ve known what he was doing…

  17. 17
    Phrozen1der says:

    So body image is the ONLY concern we have here?? What about her burning desire to be accepted and admired so she found a career in which she slobs and slurps! That’s more the issue than her tits… :shrugs:

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    LiveLaughLove says:

    Wait…You think Her BODY Image is the only conern???? Not the fact that she’s in the Porn Industry First and Foremost? I’m Lost…

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    :think:
    What’s wrong with working in the P_orn industry?

  21. 21
    candibfly says:

    *throws a brick at man’s face*

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    FABULOSALAKER says:

    wow 23 thats sad but it happens when most people think and actually start to think beutiful is plastic big boobs fake azz :coffee: beutiful is in the eye of the beholder and this beholder don’t likie all the plastic and face shat!!!

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    Mamacita says:

    She was on her 6th surgery at the age of 23??? :wtf:

    Wow…the things people do to be “beautiful”

    Glad I’m happy with what I have.

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    yvonne79 says:

    Maybe she entered the porn industry because she wanted to be adored by the masses. Hell, I dunno. Let’s ask Montana…. :shrug:

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    Zephyr1979 says:

    This is sad. I’ll take brains over beauty, or what is perceived as beauty, any day.

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    I hope this doesn’t disuade any young ladies from enhancing their features and improving their shortcomings.
    :pray:

    Plastic Surgery WORKS! (**generally**) :thumbsup:

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    FABULOSALAKER says:

    @man **drop kicks ur azz** SHUT UP U DON’T ENCOURAGE NOBODY TO GET PLASTIC SURGERY GOD MADE NO MISTAKES :nono:

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    ChaCha says:

    yvonne79 says:

    Maybe she entered the porn industry because she wanted to be adored by the masses. Hell, I dunno. Let’s ask Montana….

    Your NOBODY till someboyd KILLS you… I aint neva heard of her till now :shrug: Probably would have been more interesting if she choked off a rock hard dack or something…. DAMN! was that mean/harsh :think: LAWD FORGIVE ME!

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    VAALLDAY says:

    I hope Lil Kim reads this blog.

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    kingstonn says:

    daaaaaaaamn, those boobs…. get two thumbs down from me. and for that to be the reason she died? how sad.

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    @LAKER
    “**drop kicks ur azz** SHUT UP U DON’T ENCOURAGE NOBODY TO GET PLASTIC SURGERY GOD MADE NO MISTAKES :nono:
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    God helps those that help themselves!

    Sometimes he tests our conviction. Some young ladies should PASS THIS TEST AND IMPROVE UPON THEMSELVES!

  32. 32
    ChaCha says:

    HOLA KINGSTONNNNNNNNNNNNNNN what it dooo BOO!

    LAKERMAFIOSA…….. HEY PRETTY BISH :kiss:

  33. 33

    Ladies

    Give the niggas some ideas on Valentines Day sex bribes **ahem** “gifts.”

  34. 34
    kingstonn says:

    chacha! :hug:

    manuel, is that Rihanna in your gravi? or some other chick with a big forehead?

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    KDub says:

    I hope Lil Kim reads this blog.
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    And Kim K and Viv too.

  36. 36

    @Man
    it really depends on how long you’ve known her – 1st valentine do a fragrance you wanna smell her in or something you wanna see her in but pls don’t do chocolate and flowers come a little more original

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    candibfly says:

    man u bout to give big shirley something for vday? lemme find out! :shocked:

  38. 38
    KDub says:

    man u bout to give big shirley something for vday?
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    THIS is why I loves me some CandiB…DEAD….Big Shirley…

    :dead:

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    ohpretty1 says:

    VAALLDAY says:

    I hope Lil Kim reads this blog.

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    She already dead…the living dead.

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    candibfly says:

    @kwall my nc kindred soul :hug:

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    VAALLDAY says:

    KDub says:

    I hope Lil Kim reads this blog.
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    And Kim K and Viv too.

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    Yeah Viv is scary looking. They just don’t know how crazy and so unnatural it looks.

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    YSoSerious says:

    Have I blamed Obama for this yet?…Nope? Well I will right now. :coffee:

  43. 43
    FABULOSALAKER says:

    @chacha :hug: bish we post hoping so i prolly give u some more hugs and kiss kiss :kiss:

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    wiggy2272003 says:

    Well I for one try not to compliments childrens LOOKS at all. Not because I think they cannot process the info, they know what pretty is. And kids love to be praised. I don’t do it because one don’t want them to start identifying themselves with that adjective. That’s not cute. And what about when they hit the big tooth awkard not cute stage( all kids when they big teeth coming in, they head still small, not little anymore, yet not coming into thier teens yet) and no body says it anymore? What happens to their self esteem then? And lastly most often where there’s one kid there’s more. How does that make the others feel. I feel strongly about this and asked my inlaws to please stop calling my daughter “pretty girl” like it was her name.

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    wiggy2272003 says:

    forgot to say I will compliment a pretty hairdo,clean, pressed, put-together outfit, etc things to make them proud of their grooming and hygeine.

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    Reality says:

    Im glad U posted on this Sandra, cus this is a real issue I’m struggling with. I have made my surgeries a priority in my life; it’s where all my extra money goes instead of savings. As a child, I was constantly told how beautiful I was and that’s where the problem started. Even though I’m 5’2 120lbs, I still feel fat. I have gotten 4 surgeries to date and I plan on getting about 4 more. Some days I look in the mirror and I see nothing wrong, then others I see everything wrong. I’m afraid if I don’t get a grip, I will end up looking like Lil Kim!

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    ALBoy says:

    I have one Question?

    WHAT KIND OF PRON NAME IS CORA? :blink: when i hear cora i assume it a 89 year old memaw

  48. 48
    ALBoy says:

    Reality baby girl love who you are you are perfect the way you are! hear me You have to tell yourself how beautiful you are and really love you some you! I’ll be praying for you!

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    pinksghetti says:

    That’s sad. This has happened to “regular” women but I’m sure the fact that she was a porn star made her have more issues than most people as far as being concerned about her looks. If this society didn’t emphasize, especially to women, how important looks are people would do such crazy things. The weird thing is after most people alter their looks they most of the time look worse then they did before.

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    pinksghetti says:

    @ Reality, I just read your comments. Don’t let this world tell you how you should look. So many people struggle with weight (me too) but as long as your healthy that’s the most important thing. Sure people care about the outer appearance but I like to remember that God is not like humans and His concern is for the beauty of the heart. That beauty never fades.

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    UltraVee says:

    :pray:smh

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    free says:

    i thought porn stars could look however as long as they were doing something freaky.

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    LiveLaughLove says:

    Yes Lil Kim, Viv (and I know Man is going to kill me but)… Kim K too! Yeah I said it! She looks like a Damn blow up doll right now. she going to sit on something soon and POP!!!!!!!! Then all we’ll have is memories. Memories of a Fake butt, fake boobs, collagen enhanced lips, botox and horrible fake “singing voice”.

    All these “Video Vixens” and Wannabees need to take note also, getting the Butt Shots too. They are only doing it because the men are giving them the attention. Then someone else comes along with cuter pics and she’s ancient history. Nothing about her is unique because all of these girls have the same ASSets (pun intended) in common.

    Is that the only thing you really want to be known for????

  54. 54
    Daisy says:

    I don’t think Kim K had anything but botox on her show :shrug: like she said on Wendy the boobs are real and saggy (they look the part) and her azz always been big and got a little bigger as she got older. I never thought she had her lips done based on that one pic

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    Dr.GiGi says:

    Sandra this is soooooo true! My husband has what I and everyone else believes to be beautiful green eyes. This is a rare in black men which is why I guess people always gawk at them. He hates how much attention they draw and often wears shades(which I think is unfortunate). He says that from the time he could remember, that was all anyone ever noticed about him. It cracks me up when he says he is more than eyes. I tell him to be thankful, and he is..but I can see how when people compliment you all day, it can get old! :rolleyes:

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    Sandra Rose says:

    wiggy2272003 says:

    Well I for one try not to compliments childrens LOOKS at all. Not because I think they cannot process the info, they know what pretty is. And kids love to be praised. I don’t do it because one don’t want them to start identifying themselves with that adjective.
    ___________________

    Thank you for understanding the seriousness of praising young children who aren’t developmentally able to handle such praise. Sure, children love to be praised – but that’s the problem. They grow up expecting to be praised by everyone – which is unrealistic. As you noted, once they hit an awkward stage, the praises stop and that’s when the problems begin for some of these kids.

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    Sandra Rose says:

    Dr.GiGi says:

    It cracks me up when he says he is more than eyes.
    ___________________

    That is funny. People don’t understand that sometimes praise of a particular body part can be damaging to young kids.

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    Nostaljaak says:

    She probably thought she was investing in her career. Smh at the foolishness of youth…not being able to see beyond the present, only living for the moment. :newbie:

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    LiveLaughLove says:

    Welcome Nostaljaak!

    I’m pretty new too. :welcome:

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    wiggy2272003 says:

    As you noted, once they hit an awkward stage, the praises stop and that’s when the problems begin for some of these kids.

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    SR, I never thought about it that way. You’re right that’s could be where a lot of folks who have body/appearance issues began. Sad. With us living such an appearance obsessed society, it of course affects the children. While it’s not new John 7:24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” it is hyperrealized and the huge emphasis on looking SEXY By the media now IS new. Protect your children from it especially your daughters, they are so much more!!!

    Sandra do a post on THAT!

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