Words of Wisdom

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GWYNETH PALTROW may be the wife of a rock star but she's also a clean-living yoga fan who abides by a strict macrobiotic diet.

Despite her healthy outlook, the American actress isn't content with her reflection and is reportedly worried that having two babies has taken its toll on her body, telling friends: "My stomach is rippling, my breasts don't feel good. I want to do something about it."

For Gwyneth and fellow celebs, A-list status requires a first-class figure. With a dangerous game of competitive starvation silently playing out, some women are on the brink of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), often referred to as Imagined Ugliness Syndrome.

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Women are up to 10 times more likely to feel unhappy with their body than men, researchers at Glasgow University found. But BDD isn't just about weight. Whether it's their face, body or hair, sufferers are so convinced about their 'defect' they are regarded as delusional. Psychiatrist Dr Katharine Phillips said: "It's not vanity. And it can be absolutely tormenting."

SIGNS OF A SUFFERER

Bad hair days and 'feeling fat' periods aren't unusual, but BBD sufferers can struggle with their reflection for years. …