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From Head to Toe: The Silent Struggle Between Men and Body Image

I’m sure us guys have all shared some type of insecurity when it comes to the way we look. But, these days it's more than just worrying about weight and muscle tone. Guys are dealing with other issues of body image, but there is good news: there are ways to deal with it.

Men have always been pushed to be strong, both physically and mentally (for more on that refer to this article). It almost seems as though guys can’t be stressed about what they eat or how they look, just as long as their physique is desirable. But desirable to whom? Who sets this standard? Well just look around you!

Advertisements, commercials, magazine covers, etc., the “ideal standard” of what a man should look like’ is everywhere and stands as a constant reminder for most men, that they are not ‘ideal.’ It is a tough battle, especially when we are comparing ourselves to deities of men. Because the bar is set so high when it comes to the ideal standard, men tend to struggle in silence with the expectations placed upon them.

So, Where Do Men Struggle?

You name the body part, and I’m sure there are more than a handful of guys who are worried about it. From head to toe, guys wish we could be better. And for most areas, it is something we can’t change overnight. Here are some examples:

  • Hair: 1 in 4 men will struggle with hair loss in their 20s. Who wants to lose their beautiful mane this early!?

  • Today, the hair loss industry is estimated to be worth close to $2 billion. Because of this stigma, men with thinning/no hair face the stereotype that they’re less attractive than those with hair. Studies have also found that men struggling with some form of hair loss share feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, stress, and,unfortunately, depression.

  • Shape: This is an obvious one because of how closely it is associated with body image. 2 out of 5 men age 18 or