Men say it's not manly to talk about their poor body image

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Having a poor body image is seen by men as being less normal and less dangerous for them than in women, but men also say masculine norms prevent them from talking about the issue, according to Australian research. “Guys don't talk about their bodies” - said one participant in the study of 40 Aussie men, and researchers say because it is socially frowned upon for men to talk about their poor body image, men miss out on supporting each other and seeking professional help. The researchers also found that men tend to compare themselves to their friends more than images of men in media.

Journal/conference: Clinical Psychologist

DOI: 10.1111/cp.12198

Organisation/s: The University of Queensland, The University of Melbourne

Funder: This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors

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