If you have any experience in overcoming it I would greatly love to hear it.
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Yeah, I used to. I remember my head just feeling crazy and being unhappy with my entire self. When you don't like your body and you can't see what you really look like, you don't like yourself and you can't see yourself clearly--the perfections and imperfections.
I used to be really weird about food (still am, but it's positive now). Binges, laxatives/purges every now and then, exercising due to guilt. I don't think I was a full textbook example or anything like that. But I did enough stuff to myself that I know it's a horrible cycle. I feel for those who do (and at the same time, I get frustrated with them, too).
Anyway, I figured out that I'm always going to be a little crazy about food. I knew enough about myself--my weaknesses, that I tried to figure out how to go around them or how to even use them. The very first thing I did was throw out all my laxatives. I stopped hanging out with girls who do that annoying "I'm so obese" thing. I then tried different things to satisfy that part of me that still wanted to cope with the body image prob--calorie counting and daily exercise. The calorie counting made me a little crazier, so I stopped that (later I tried eating only veggies & legumes, but I stopped that too). I kept the daily exercise thing though.
Exercising every day really helped clear my mind. It also made me appreciate my body--the muscles and strength, what I can actually physically do. I have always been physically active (when I was young, it was sports team--sometimes forced, sometimes I joined them on my own). But I think it's figuring out what is best for you, what exact exercise form makes you feel good about your body and yourself. For me, it's running outdoors. Everything else makes me obsess more (eg. treadmill, elliptical, rowing, etc.)
In the end, I think you need to figure out what will make you feel better about who you are. Food-wise, I have found I need to eat the same healthy-ish types of foods over and over again--repetitive, strange (I know) but safe. Exercise-wise, it's running outside. It's also about other aspects of your physical appearance--I take pride in my choice of clothes/make up/hair now--dumb and shallow, but it strangely helps. I have found what works for me. It's not all gone, but that has definitely helped me. I know for guys, it's different; it's about being more masculine, but I hope that helps you some.