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Do cultural and psychological factors influence body dysmorphic disorder?

There are cultural factors, such as a societal premium on beauty, that may contribute to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). One example of this is muscle dysmorphia. Proponents of this theory believe that perceived social pressures on men to be buff and big - communicated through the media and advertising - could cause a man to develop BDD. He might begin obsessing about his size and start exercising excessively to attempt to create a body that emulates the so-called perfect bodies of some celebrities and models.

The movie 'Zoolander' is a satire about the way some models can make some people feel physically inadequate, which can trigger psychiatric problems.

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