Dieting Can Drive People to Suicide
A new study out of Rhode Island Hospital has found a link between restrictive food intake, or excessive dieting, like those exhibited in people who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder, with an increased risk of suicide.
Body dysmorphic disorder is defined by the Mayo Clinic as, "a type of chronic mental illness in which you can't stop thinking about a flaw with your appearance — a flaw that is either minor or imagined."
According to Science Codex, more than 75 percent of people with body dysmorphic disorder feel life is not worth living or think about suicide in their lifetime. Approximately 25 percent of BDD sufferers have a history of at least one suicide attempt.
The researchers found the link by examining the association of suicide attempts with physically painful BDD-related behaviors. These behaviors include restrictive food intake, excessive exercise, cosmetic surgery, compulsive skin picking, and physical self-mutilation.