Boys and body image

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Boys are affected by the media’s depictions of unrealistic body types. Help them attain their own ideal – not someone else’s.

By Caroline Knorr


Did you know?

  • Body image develops early in childhood.
  • Body image is influenced by family and culture.
  • Exposure to traditional media is a risk factor for developing body dissatisfaction.


Three facts about body image

  • The proportion of undressed males in advertising has been rising steadily since the 1980s.
  • 33–35% of boys aged six to eight indicate their ideal body is thinner than their current body.
  • The measurements of the male action figures young boys play with exceed even those of the biggest bodybuilders.


What’s the issue?

The pursuit of a perfect body is no longer only a ‘girl’ thing. From padded Halloween superhero costumes that

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