Men Concerned About Body Image

Seventy-five percent of women don’t like the way they look in the nude. That’s true even among women with terrific bodies. Consequently, sixty-five percent have behavioral issues regarding food intake and 10 percent have eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Men of the “selfie generation” are also concerned about body image. The popularity of superheroes has given modern men inferiority complexes because Superman and Batman don’t have potbellies. The modern male’s obsession with body image has led to previously rare psychological problems such as depression and muscle dimorphism (obsessed with muscle mass). While eating disorders are rare in men, millennials are resorting to anabolic steroids, plastic surgery and makeup to make them feel better about themselves. The modern emphasis on gender equity has caused many modern young men to question their masculinity. Most women have no trouble talking about their insecurities, but men tend to hide them. Feelings of physical inadequacy are new psychological challenges for modern men. (Nature, 526: S12-S13, 2015)

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