Men need to lose weight from their bellies
Many men need to lose weight from their bellies. A recent survey online by the University of the West of England has suggested that over 80% or four out of five men are confessing to being unhappy about the shape of their bodies.
Men who want to lose weight
The Centre for Appearance Research at UWE studied the responses of 384 British men with an average age of 40. The single biggest issue for those men was with the size of their bellies and the lack of muscle. Nearly 35% of those surveyed were willing to trade a year of their life to be able to reach the ideal body image/weight.
Its not just women that want to lose weight
The survey highlighted that it’s not only women who discuss between themselves about their body image. The results concluded that over 80% of the men surveyed regularly talked about one another’s bodies. Nearly 60% of men said that they were not muscular enough, the main areas of concern were to do with arms, chests and bellies.
Lose weight & gain muscle
Only 20% of men in the survey was partaking of a high protein diet, however, nearly 33% did admit to using protein supplements.
Body talk can help men lose weight
Dr Philippa Diedrichs, who led the study at the Centre for Appearance Research at UWE in Bristol, described this conversation between men about their bodies as “body talk”.
She said “Body talk reinforces the unrealistic beauty ideal which reinforces leanness and muscularity. This talk to lose weight is traditionally seen as an issue for women but our research shows that men are feeling the pressure to conform too. We need to take a collaborative approach to promoting an environment that values diversity in appearance and promotes healthy body image.” She added “this was not a case of encouraging obesity, but an attempt to not trivialise negative body image issues.”
Rosi Prescott, chief executive of Central YMCA which commissioned the research, said: “Historically conversation about your body has been perceived as something women do, but it is clear from this research that men are also guilty of commenting on one another’s bodies; and in many cases this is having a damaging effect. The high levels of body talk that we have found in men are symptomatic of a growing obsession with appearance.”
Karine Berthou, founder of The Succeed Foundation, an eating disorders charity in the UK, said “men must be included in body image programmes. Negative body image is a serious issue in our society and is a key risk factor in the development of eating disorders.Body talk reinforces the unrealistic beauty ideal which reinforces leanness and muscularity.”
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