Every one of my son’s action figures have a six pack and huge muscles. My son always asks me when his six pack will appear, as if it’s something that all men need to have and it breaks my heart because he is perfect the way he is. I think there should be more range of body types in toys geared toward boys.
I feel like mens body issues aren’t promoted and accepted as much as women’s issues. A ripped body is an unobtainable and unrealistic standard for the majority of men. It’s so damaging, plus the support and awareness isn’t there for men.
I have numerous male friends and family with disordered eating behaviours that are in complete denial of their issues- think: exercise addiction, obsession with macros, supplements, skewed perception of their appearance. It’s bad and so worrying to see- and so common.
Edit: Just wanted to say that this doesn’t take anything away from women’s body issues or the women’s body positivity movement. Both go hand in hand and need to be tackled- preferably by promoting real bodies and standards for men AND women.
Edit 2: There’s a huge difference between promoting normal healthy eating and exercise habits, and going to the gym 6 days a week to get ripped, with supplements, shakes and watching macros.
That goes without saying.
I obviously promote a healthy lifestyle to my son. If he decides to become a bodybuilder when he’s older, I will be behind him 100%.
To add to this, some people could work out to an insane level and simply not get the results as the next guy, it’s a genetic lottery in some ways. This is what’s damaging.
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