Source: pexels Jessica Lewis ID 191415 Body image is scrutinized in Western cultures. We judge a book by its cover, and we have social media and Hollywood to thank. There is a standard, and if one does not meet the specifications of beauty and desirability, they will suffer the consequences. It is common to hear both boys and girls teased about appearance in childhood . Some grow up in households where an emphasis is placed on appearance or ideal body size or shape. Some might argue women are held to a more complicated and often unattainable standard. This may be due to women having a higher requirement to fit a mold than men and more body parts to judge. The Bradley University “Body Project” revealed women and men, boys and girls, may share body image risk factors and consequences of negative body image. However, studies point toward males being affected a little less severely than females. The male body image is distinguished from female body image in several ways: 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… Read full this story
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