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Body Image Issues and Men

Social scientists are increasingly recognizing the importance of attending to issues of body image among men. Although early research on body image focused on body image disturbance as a problem endemic to women, in recent decades, there have been advancements in conceptualizations that incorporate gender-moderated manifestations of body image disturbance. This entry examines men’s body image, including an overview of different manifestations of body image concerns (i.e., thinness, muscularity, and leanness), body image and masculinities, body image and psychological health, and body image and behavioral health.

Thinness, Muscularity, and Tone

Early literature on body image focused on the desire for thinness, typically assessed via ratings of silhouette figures that varied in body fat from very skinny to overweight or obese, and did not include varying levels ...

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