Guys have body image issues too, they just aren’t talking about it. In fact, research shows over 90% of men struggle in some way with body dissatisfaction and negative affect (negative opinions of self), or negative emotions and thoughts towards one’s body (Castonguay et al. 2014).
In this episode, fellow HAES dietitian Aaron Flores and I discuss the “dad bod” that requires men to have muscle and a bit of softness to show they like to workout and eat pizza. While it’s still body oppression and a singular “ideal” for men to strive to become, we acknowledge that it’s much more forgiving and flexible than the thin ideals for women.
We delve into the ways men’s body image issues look different than women’s and why most men wouldn’t dare to bring up their weight and body concerns with their friends. Mainly, it has to do with societal expectations of men to maintain power, be strong, and solve problems, not have problems.
We discuss how men can set boundaries with their male friends ar