Body Image is Hating on Men’s Happy
(submitted by OOC via Blisstree.com)
Here's a bit of gender equality that can't make anyone happy – even if misery does love company. Men are increasingly and rapidly becoming ever more dissatisfied with their own bodies and body image. The original article points to this most recent data out of the U.K. based on a survey of 400 men:
- 80.7% of men use language that promotes anxiety about their body image (i.e. referring to physical flaws), compared with 75% of women.
- 38% of men would sacrifice at least a year of their life in exchange for a perfect body.
- 80.7% talked about their own or others’ appearance in ways that draw attention to weight, lack of hair or slim frame.
- 23% said concerns about their appearance had deterred them from going to the gym.
The author of the Blistree.com piece (read it here) offers the following thoughts: "the study is fairly narrow, so to be honest, I wouldn’t take most of those numbers at face value. But the study just confirms something we’ve known for awhile: That both men and women are increasingly unhappy with their bodies, in part because, well, everyone’s getting fat, and in part because we’re still getting warped messages from the media about what we ought to look like."
Ah yes. Warped messages from the media, we;ve talked about that some here. What's your reaction to this data? Why do you think men (and this is as much a US issue as it is a British one) are increasingly dissatisfied with their bodies? What messages (warped or otherwise) do you think are being sent?
And we'd be remiss if we didn't invite you to sign and show your support for The Self-Esteem Act here.