Men and Body Image

Men and Body Image

An estimated one in every five eating disorders belongs to males. The ideal male body in the Huffington Post article is marketed to boys and men in almost every superhero or action movie, sporting event, men's health magazine, and (most) celebrity sightings. (And this week, the Olympics.) Stereotypically masculine traits--strong, stoic, fixer, outdoorsy--ooze out of many of these spreads.

Women have more intense body image challenges, but companies such as Dove and Aerie are beginning to deconstruct these themes on a national level. Let's think about how to start conversations for men.

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Millennials

Millennials

One of the significant challenges of our generation is the collision between the technological revolution and the larger cultural narrative of "Safety First". It's less risky to stay at home with mom and dad than to live on our own and develop our own domestic and financial decisions. It's less risky to build relationships through texting and social media than to rely on face-to-face interactions.

We millennials come by our anxiety honestly, and it has the power to significantly effect relationships by encouraging avoidance, the lack of clarity in our interpersonal and sexual needs, and distorting realistic expectations.

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