"Boys aren't excluded from body image issues. The Atlantic recently
reported that boys are feeling the pressure to make their bodies more
fit."How is this a bad thing?
I don't think it -is- a bad thing, necessarily. I've had body image
issues from a young age; if you look at the male heroes we have on television,
in video games, and for action figures (You remember those Kenner Star Wars
figures, right? Even Luke was a hulk!), the standard for men is as perfected
and "impossible" as it is for women.But it was something I
learned to use to my benefit; as it turned out, I became quite a pudgy kid (to
put it lightly) under the exeggurated idea that "it's what's on
the inside that counts", but I realized that that's not normal or
healthy., I've let my ambition for an "idealized" body drive me to
great physical health. It's not always easy to maintain, but it's
worth it-both could be said of maintaining a home, or a marriage.
I agree with Flinching.The Des News is so obsessed with countering
what Hollywood teaches us of looks are everything that they've adopted the
equally unhealthy approach of looks don't mean anything and the only thing
that matters is whats inside.People should try and be thin. They
should lose fat. They should exercise more. They should eat less. We have a bigger(pun intended) problem of overweight people in this country
than we do of too thin people who are too obsessed with body image.The larger(again pun intended) portion is the larger problem.
I can only speak for my self. I never grew to be 6' tall like I wanted to
be I never got the mussel mass like steroids can do if I took them. I been
fighting the battle of the bulge all my life, and it getting harder and harder
as I get older and older. I don't know how vain I am or if I like to just
be able to get out of the car after a long drive.