Society today is obsessed with body image and we often see celebrities showcasing their ‘ideal body’ across social media, in print and on the television, setting unrealistic examples regarding the expectations of society.
This has come in combination with increasing levels of ‘body shaming’ where a person is humiliated by having their body shape or size criticised. This has been a hot topic in the media for many years now and often leaves people feeling insecure about the way they look.
The impact this is having on the mental and physical health of women who are taunted by this shaming is well publicised, but it’s not just limited to women. It also has a huge negative impact on the wellbeing of men, but the fact they are under just as much pressure to ‘look good’ is often overlooked.
Male Body Image Expectations
Chemist Click have recently launched a campaign to draw light on the fact that men are facing a lot of pressure to look a certain way and in turn how this is affecting their perception of themselves.
Social media plays a huge part in this, we often find ourselves mindlessly scrolling through feeds featuring influencers and fitness enthusiasts giving top tips on how to look a certain way. Whilst this can have a positive impact on some, it can cause men to question their body image and consequently have an effect on their self-esteem.
It isn’t just mental health that is at risk of being damaged though, the impact trying to be the ‘ideal weight’ can have on a body physically is just as dangerous. Men can experience hair loss, sleep issues, sexual health concerns, organ damage and much more.
This is why it’s important to feel happy with the way you look. If you’re struggling at the moment and feeling pressured by what you’re seeing on social media then we hope these tips on how to manage these feelings can help.
- Don’t take social media too seriously
It’s important to remember that what you see on social media isn’t always a true representation of life.
People will most likely show you the good parts; their big smiles or their latest travel photographs but in reality, they will be facing their own issues. Also, remember that photographs can be easily edited & filtered!
2. Use social media to your advantage
Only follow people that add value to your life in some way. It’s great to keep up to date with what your family & friends are up to, so keep liking and commenting on their posts.
Also, if you do want to get healthier or fitter, then there are accounts out there from qualified fitness experts, such as personal trainers who can help you to do this in the safest way possible. Who can offer nutritional recipes and useful workouts that will actually have a positive impact on your body. Just make sure that you do your research to make sure they are fully qualified to advise.
3. Talk to someone you can trust
If you find yourself starting to feel insecure and obsessing about the way you look, then it’s important to talk to someone and tell them how you feel.
Doing so can prevent a world of pain both physically and mentally. If needed, they can encourage you to get professional help as well as being great company and a welcome source of support for you along the way.