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5 facts about boys and body image


5 facts about boys and body image

Your body image develops in early childhood. It’s affected both by your family and the surrounding culture. The media plays a central role, too. According to researchers it’s actually the biggest risk factor for developing dissatisfaction with your body.

  • The amount of naked men in advertisements has grown steadily since the 80’s.
  • The body proportions of popular actions figures exceed even  those of the biggest body builders.
  • 18 % of boys are very concerned about their weight and physical appearance.
  • 33-35% of boys as young as 6 to 8 years old say that their ideal body would be slimmer than their current one.
  • The ”ideal body” varies between different cultures and eras, but they all have at least one thing in common: in reality, only few fit into that ideal frame.

Your body image develops in early childhood. It’s affected both by your family and the surrounding culture. The media plays a central role, too. According to researchers it’s actually the biggest risk factor for developing dissatisfaction with your body.

Boys are often encouraged to be brave and strong, and physical strength is often seen as a part of manhood. While talking about feelings is often simultaneously considered unmanly, the negative feelings boys might have about their own bodies often remain unaddressed.