body image is what you believe about your physical appearance. Images of beautiful men and women are displayed everywhere from billboards to television advertisements. Fortunately, everyone does not look the same. Looking at models and movie stars often can create a negative self image of oneself in relation to these images. Approximately 46 percent of men of normal weight think about how they look constantly or frequently (Cloud, 46).
The emergence of men’s new obsession with body image is connected to pressures from the media, plastic surgeons, and peers.
The media plays a primary role in the mushrooming fascination between men and their body image. An article in the New York Times said, “G. I. Joes have morphed over the last three decades into muscle-bound hunks that can harm the self-esteem of boys… .” (Sant elmo).
Kids are more likely to develop a hero from someone close to them or someone they know about. Why not look up to the 26. 8 inch biceps of the G. I. Joe Extreme? There have also been an increasing number of sleek male magazines.
Included are photos of male models wearing only boxers or briefs which have 6-pack abs and a broad chest. Similar to the latest G. I. Joe, extreme bodybuilders are also a popular commodity of the magazines, flexing and grinning with barbarian-sized muscles. The common male might say, “I want to look like that.” The concept of these images is not entertainment, but is influence towards a ridiculous ultimatum, like “I have to be in shape to be successful.” While the media attempts to brainwash men, plastic surgeons are also trying to get men to alter their bodies. Thanks to popular shows like Extreme Makeover, men are being presented with an effortless itinerary to the perfect body.
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“The number of males having cosmetic plastic surgery procedures increased 28 percent from 2002 to 2003” (ASPS).
“The number of upper arm lifts increased 606 percent since 2002 and buttock lifts increased 554 percent since 2002 – both of these procedures are often performed for patients following bar iatric surgery who have lost a massive amount of weight” (ASPS).
Plastic surgery can be motivation for men to look good; one step for easy self-improvement. As plastic surgery becomes more fashionable, even one’s own peers may start to consider artificial body parts.
The pressures of one’s peers are also a contributor to increasing concern for body image. Starting at elementary and middle school, bullies would usually pick on the fat and timid boys as if they were sources of entertainment. Constant poking and prodding will have a major impact on their personality and self-image. As overweight children move on to high school, more of the same is experienced. For instance, football players are muscular and therefore have a feeling of power over other students. Even other students feel as if they have power because they all want to be in their ‘cool’ group.
Either during or after high school, the deranged overweight males lose sight of their self-image. Motivation and hope for being ‘normal’ is lost. Men’s growing obsession with body image is linked to media pressures, plastic surgery, and their own peers. Should overweight males yield to these messages? Get in shape, lose weight, gain muscle, but for what? So the next guy can look at them and say, “I want to be like him.” ? Adhering to these messages may cause serious distress for males concerned about their body. However, getting in shape is one solution to becoming a healthier and happier person. Works CitedSantelmo, Vincent.
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“As G. I. Joe Bulks Up, Concern For the 98-Pound Weakling.” The New York Times American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
“Procedural Statistics Trends 1992-2003.”.