Beautiful young woman with Body Dysmorphia dreams of “taking a knife to my belly and cutting it off”

Jodie-Broadley-I dream of taking a knife to my belly

A beautiful young woman who is repulsed by her own appearance says she has considered taking a knife to her stomach.

Jodie Broadley in fact suffers from a crippling mental illness known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), which warps her perception of her own appearance.

The 26-year-old’s view of herself is so distorted that she spends hours prodding her stomach and fretting about leaving the house.

Jodie, from Sheffield, says: “I spend countless hours prodding, picking and poking the face and body that repulses me so much.

“I can’t stand to look in the mirror, I worry about going out in public, and I’m convinced people are just as repulsed by my appearance as I am.

“Whenever I try to talk to people about how I’m feeling, they sympathise and say they get ugly days too, but it’s not the same.

“I hate my body so much that I’ve thought about taking a knife to my belly and cutting it off.”

Jodie, who is a talented body artist, has made a film to show others that she’s not just ‘having an ugly day’.

She has teamed up with Fixers , the charity which gives young people a voice, to show how the mental illness affects her in a powerful film .

She says: “People tend to think that BDD is about being vain and self-obsessed, but it’s really debilitating.


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