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Are you comfortable with your body?

If not, have you ever questioned why?

Society's policing of bodies has led to a rise in body dysmorphia, affecting people of all shapes and sizes.

Body dysmorphia is a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about perceived flaws in their appearance.

TV producer Alan Ford and broadcaster Nolwazi Tusini talk body politics, body-shaming and body positivity.

They explain that how you treat your body, how you let other people treat you and how you talk about yourself affects your self-image.

Growing up as a chubby child, I've been having a war with my body.

Nolwazi Tusini, broadcaster

Last year, I decided that I'm going to actively teach myself to fall in love with my body.

Nolwazi Tusini, broadcaster

I'm comfortable within myself, but my body dysmorphia changes; the way I feel about myself.

Alan Ford, TV producer

From a very young age, girl children and women are taught to say things to our bodies that we wouldn't dream of saying to someone else.

Nolwazi Tusini, broadcaster

Listen to callers also share their personal stories:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : How body-shaming shapes your self-image

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