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Size Dysmorphia

As awareness grows around the phenomenon of size dysmorphia, I wanted to share some information and experiences in a single place so others know they’re not alone.

For an in-depth look at my experience with size dysmorphia, Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, and size kink, please see Size Dysmorphia: A Sizeshifter Origin Story.

I can’t remember when I first heard the terms “size dysmorphia” and “size dysphoria” but I know it appeared in conversations within the “Giant/tiny” community Tumblr.

In the size community, size dysmorphia has become a shorthand for people who feel that the size of their body does not feel right. For some it’s a mild consideration, for others it can be a profound discomfort.

Even dysmorphia is an imperfect term, though it seems to fit better than dysphoria. I have used both over the years, I have seen others use both, and for myself I have settled on dysmorphia.

This phenomenon may be related to Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AiWS), also known as Todd’s syndrome or dysmetropsia. If you suspect you have this, it may be wise to seek out a therapist, neurologist, or other medical professional because at least half the cases seem to be related to migraines, tumors, or other health concerns.

A touching article in the NYT from 2014, I Had Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, shares a mother and daughter’s experiences with migraines and AiWS, which may have a genetic component. The article also offers research showing that the syndrome appears to be benign and without obvious cause in roughly half the cases studied.

Browse peoples’ experiences on Twitter with the #SizeDysmorphia tag.

One example:

 

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