Have you ever just looked at someone and wondered “wow, they are perfect. There’s no way they have any insecurities about how they look.”
Ok, well, maybe it’s just me, but there is one guy whom the ladies seem to go head over heels for, but he is just as humble as he is handsome. Kevin B. Ademu-John is a fitness enthusiast on Instagram that one of our users shared with us and at first glance, you can easily tell he’s tall, dark and handsome. But, that’s not the end of his story. As a matter of fact, it took him to overcome some things–mentally and physically–to get to where he is now.
“I thank God for waking up another day, because six months ago my health was in jeopardy because I weighed 485lbs,” confess Kevin in an Instagram post. “I experienced irregular breathing and my blood pressure constantly fluctuated, which caused poor sleeping habits.”
“My weight traumatized my thinking and I suffered from body dysmorphic disorder, which means, I perceived flaws in my appearance. Constantly receiving negative energy and comments about my weight, I decided to pray more and give it to God. And one day I woke up and decided to exercise for ME, not caring about the world’s opinion about my appearance. I grew to have a healthier relationship with working out, realizing it’s ok to take it week by week, instead of pressuring myself to do it every day.
According to Mayo Clinic, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental health disorder in which you can’t stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance — a flaw that appears minor or can’t be seen by others. But you may feel so embarrassed, ashamed and anxious that you may avoid many social situations.
BDD is a chronic (long-term) disorder that affects men and women equally. It usually begins during the teen years or early adulthood.
The most common areas of concern for people with BDD include:
- Skin imperfections: These include wrinkles, scars, acne, and blemishes.
- Hair: This might include head or body hair or absence of hair.
- Facial features: Very often this involves the nose, but it also might involve the shape and size of any feature.
- Body weight: Sufferers may obsess about their weight or muscle tone.
Because of its similarities to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), BDD is often considered to be on the obsessive-compulsive spectrum. With obsessive-compulsive disorder, you may suffer from