Men and boys are in no way immune from this body hate phenomenon either.
- facing tremendous pressure to morph into our culture’s idealized body type of muscular and lean.
- Disordered eating patterns are as common in males as they are in females
- 1 in 3 people struggling with an eating disorder is actually male.
We often go through life feeling insecure and stressed constantly deciding which events and activities to avoid and how to even get dressed in the morning. We starve ourselves, over-exercise, think terrible thoughts about our bodies and character all with the expectation of ending up in a place of self-love. This diet-shame-cycle is particularly dangerous for our youth who are at great risk for developing a poor self-image and disordered eating patterns that can last a lifetime.
Body image is a battle for your mind. – Marc David
Winning the battle means gaining control over your own imagination despite what the cultural norms are throwing at you. The healing happens when we embrace now.