Most men worried about body hang-ups
Four out of five men (80%) regularly talk about their body complexes with family and friends and most are unhappy with their appearance, according to new research. While women are usually associated with talking about their image concerns, the study, conducted by the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at UWE Bristol, the Succeed Foundation and Central YMCA, found that over 50% of men questioned said that 'body talk' affects them in a negative way. The research showed that the most popular terms used to describe another man's appearance include commenting on his beer belly (75%); six pack (70%); or moobs (63%). This has led to more men buying into the ideal body image, with one in five (18%) being on a high protein diet and one in three (32%) using protein supplements. The study also revealed that one in three men are willing to sacrifice a year of their life to achieve the ideal body weight. Rosi Prescott, chief executive of Central YMCA believes that the high levels of 'body talk' from men are symptomatic of a growing obsession with appearance. Karine Berthou, founder of The Succeed Foundation agrees. She said: 'Negative body image is serious issue in our society.' Dr Phillippa Diedrichs of UWE, added: 'This research really demonstrates that body image is an issue for everyone, and that we need to take a collaborative approach towards promoting an environment that values diversity in appearance and promotes healthy body image.'