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Sarah Michelle Gellar: "I Have Body Dysmorphic Disorder"

Posted on Wed Sep 21, 2011 02:10 PM PDT

SarahMichelleGellarHealth092111.jpgSarah Michelle Gellar looks amazing to us, but apparently she doesn't see the same things we do.

The Ringer star told Health magazine that she doesn't always feel as confident as she appears. In the October issue, Gellar says:

    "I’m a female! I totally have body dysmorphic disorder. I think most women do. A makeup artist friend once said, 'I don’t think I’ve ever seen you look in a mirror.' I’m surrounded by them all the time -- you sit in hair and makeup -- so I guess I just have this mechanism where I tune it out. So every once in a while, I’ll look and I’ll be like, 'Wait, that’s what I look like?'"

Sarah continues, "I just have to remember that I’m human, and I’m a mom. Being a parent changes the vanity at least a little bit. It has to. Your priorities are different."

Body dysmorphia is a psychological issue where a person becomes excessively concerned and obsessed about a perceived physical defect. While she may not have the actual disease per say, she does go on to say that she's growing more comfortable in her skin, thanks in part to having been pregnant with her daughter Charlotte, now 2. She told the mag:

    "I’m not as critical as I used to be about my body. And it’s also funny, too, how women perceive women, and how men perceive women. Because a woman will look at the skinniest person and think that’s the most attractive, and a man will not think that’s attractive at all!"

We think you look gorg just the way you are, Sarah!

Sarah said she also has a serious physical abnormality she has to deal with -- severe scoliosis. She told the mag:

    "I like anything outdoors. But I’m just as happy on a treadmill. I love Pilates. I grew up with, and I still have, major scoliosis. Growing up in Manhattan, you had your schoolbag, but we were so trend-conscious, nobody wanted to put a backpack on both shoulders, so almost all the girls I grew up with have it to some degree, because we all were so lopsided. So Pilates not only is a great exercise, but does relieve a lot of discomfort."

Even celebs aren't perfect!



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