Male Body Positivity and Body Image

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While girls are given Barbie to live up to, boys are given the image of Ken, G.I. Joe and He Man. At a young age boys are being told to “man up” or “be a man”, which in our society means a man is the muscular, virile, strong and silent type.

Even at an young age, we are being told how to look, what to eat, and expectations are thrusted on us according to someone else’s standards. Parents, teachers, coaches, society, commercials, social media, etc. Society glorifies the idea of a strong, healthy and muscular man.

Is it any wonder that boys are growing up with insecurities and negative body image?Eating disorders in young men are on the rise! 1 in 3 people with an eating disorders are men. A recent study showed that one third of boys ages 6-8 thought they weighed more than they should.

In a society where we are constantly being bombarded with images of perfection and what we should strive for, it’s harder for men to speak up about their body image issues. It’s time to change the way we talk to children, both male and female. It’s time to start showing kids at a young age that all bodies are accepted and loved. 

Self Love & Self Acceptance Through Body Positivity

As someone who has struggled with body image issues for decades, it has been hard to come to a place where I not only accept my body, but I have learned to love my body.  I have let go of the days of skipping meals, doing grueling workouts and hating what I saw in the mirror for true love and acceptance of my body, as it is right now.

Learning to accept my body as it is has also shifted the way I think about my business and how I can be of service to others. Being in recovery for disordered eating for over decade now, I’ve always thought about how I can use my experiences to help others. I think now, through the coaching services that I offer, I am able to do that. At least, I hope that I can do that.

There is still not a lot of exposure for men with eating disorders or that are in recovery for disordered eating. There is still not a lot of exposure for men in the Body Positive Movement (although I think that is changing). It is my hope that I can be a face and a voice for men dealing with body image issues.

In this video, I share what the Body Positive Movement means to me. How it is helping me to love and accept myself a bit more, and how it is inspiring my business as a Yoga and Pilates teacher and a Wellness Coach.