Research Shows Many Men Now Suffer From This Problem (Formerly Considered a ‘Female Issue’)

Written by on February 9, 2018 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments

It’s typical assumed that women have more body issues than men. Lately, though, more and more studies are showing that men have similar concerns. For men, though, the main concern is the amount of muscle they have (maybe due to all those super-buff super hero types we see in the movies), and for women, the concern is weight (maybe due to all those paper thin models gracing the all the fashion magazines).

Brennan, Lalonde, and Bain (2010) conducted a comparative study of how male and female body image dissatisfaction is experienced in each of the sexes in which participants rated body image reactions to a series of statements. When responding to the statements, “When I am with attractive persons of the other sex,” “when the topic of conversation pertains to physical appearance,” and “during certain recreational activities,” both men and women reported experiencing negative emotions between sometimes and moderately often, This shows that men and women are equally insecure in their bodies when the idea of ‘the body’ is directly or indirectly confronted in social situations.

The two genders definitely have some differences around body image as well.

A research summary article from Bradley University points out these key differences between men and women regarding body image:

  • Men seem to be more prone to ‘atypical’ eating disorders and substance abuse than women.
  • Men tend to be quieter about their body negativity, seeking treatment less frequently or holding off on treatment longer than women due to shame.
  • Women, however, internalize more, body shame more, and body surveillance more than men.
  • Some researchers say men are typically more satisfied with their physical appearance and less likely than women to exhibit body-change behaviors.
  • But other researchers insist that men still struggle with body image: They say men are caught “feeling either too thin or too heavy to meet the male ideal.

According to a recent Time article, body image is becoming a real problem for men due to being inundated by hyper muscular Hollywood images. And this new obsession is causing many to turn to dangerous steroids. The potential side effects of anabolic steroids include premature death and neurobehavioral disturbances, like problems with thinking and attention. But the most worrisome side effect is heart problems.

According to Time, “America is in the midst of a cultural shift in terms of the ideal male body image, and as the ideal man grows more muscular, men stuck in the real world with real bodies are growing less satisfied with theirs—with potentially dangerous medical consequences.”

Dr. Harrison Pope, director of the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts says that muscularity is now being confused with masculinity and because of it, “we’re seeing more young men with muscle dysmorphia” (a distorted self-image around muscularity).

Since studies show that men are less likely than women to seek professional help on body image matters, a growing male problem in this area could be a big problem.

If you’re a man reading this, feel into your own self-image around your body and muscularity. Are Hollywood images affecting you? If so, I want to remind you that they are Hollywood images. They are not the norm. They are fictional – or super supreme (chosen to be showed because they are way off the bell curve).

Want some simple therapy? Look around your supermarket, or at your neighbors as they grab their mail. Or check out the bodies of fellow male worshippers at church. These guys are the norm. You don’t have to look like The Rock to be a man. Most importantly, remember this: most of the qualities that make a man a real man are come from the inside.

Vicki Howie is the Creator of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™ (find out what inspired her to create them here). Check out her new book “The Key to Your Chakras” here on Vicki is also the Creator of Chakra Love and the Chakra Life Cycle System®, as well as the Co-Editor of Conscious Life News. You can visit her website, facebook page and youtube channel for lots of free chakra info and gifts. Vicki’s biggest joy is to help you unleash your full chakra power and step into your highest potential.

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