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Men and Body Image: Are Their Reasons the Same as Women’s?

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Guess what, ladies: When it comes to issues with body image, it seems we’re not alone.

According to a recent HuffPost Women project, some men deal with some of the same body image issues we women deal with…

…however, their reasons might be a bit different from ours.

Rather than trying to attain the ever-elusive perfectly thin body for society’s sake (“People will accept me/love me/admire me more if I’m skinny”), some studies suggest men see their bodies as reflections of who they are and who they can be as men.

For example:

One study found that men linked being fat with “weakness of will,” while being lean and muscular was associated with “feelings of confidence and power in social situations.”

So, I’m interested in hearing from Your Body, Your Mind’s male readers on this one.

If you struggle with body issues, why? Do you strive to meet society’s standards, or is it a more personal reason?

Chime in down below in the comments! Let’s get a conversation going!

(Topic Source: 19 Men Go Shirtless and Share Their Body Image Struggles)

Men and Body Image: Are Their Reasons the Same as Women’s?

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of WritingSpark.com, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."


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Sparks, A. (2015). Men and Body Image: Are Their Reasons the Same as Women’s?. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 21, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/your-mind/2015/08/men-and-body-image-are-their-reasons-the-same-as-womens/

 

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