1. Drastic change in eating habits
2. Bad body image of themselves
3. Exercise behaviors (excessive)
4. Thoughts and beliefs about being skinny
5. Emotional and psychological troubles
6. Self injury and/or self-harm
7. Social behaviors - withdrawal
By Nicole Thivierge
Society is obsessed with body image. “Perfect” bodies are splattered across magazines, computers, and TV screens. Humans are bombarded every day with what society deems “acceptable.” And while the majority is focused on women, men also feel the pressure.
According to Denis Campbell, health correspondent to Guardian News, 80.7% of men show anxiety about their body image.
“I’m really not comfortable with the way I look. I think that all guys feel that they have a complex. It’s definitely not only a girl thing,” said junior Nick Hartwell.
Also, according to Marc A. Silva, Intern Counselor to Milwaukee School of Engineering, males associate attractiveness with increased muscle definition, and are concerned with body shape, not just weight.
Not all men feel this way, though. “Well I’m perfectly fine with how I look,” said junior Daniel Reigart. “I mean sometimes I might wanna change some things, like be more muscular, but it’s me and I’m happy how I am.”
Obsessive eating and exercising behaviors are harmful, and are associated with feelings of inadequacy, unattractiveness, and failure. Males with low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression over their looks are also more likely to start using steroids.
“I’m pretty sure most guys do care. It’s not something they’re going to show, but it definitely impacts how they make themselves appear around others,” Reigart said.
By Maggie Bishop
Senior Staff Editor
Many teens are pressured to be skinny or have the “perfect” body. Most of the pressure either comes from social media or even their own friends.
Some teenagers may not be comfortable with their own body or may not think that they are skinny enough.
About 8 million people in the United States have an eating disorder. Seven million are from women and the other million are men. One in two hundred American women suffer from anorexia.
Some people wonder, “Why would someone starve herself?”
Think about it. What do some teenage girls watch on TV? The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show - where the average model is 5’ 10” and weighs 110 pounds.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Eating disorders are partly physical but mostly mental”.
The disease starts by wanting to lose weight, and then obsessing with trying to get the perfect body. They develop a food obsessive-compulsive disorder. They also have a fear of becoming obese.
People with an eating disorder do not always think about the effects that come after starving yourself or making yourself sick.
An eating disorder can affect someone’s stress hormones, thyroid hormones, and growth hormones. It also puts the person at a high risk for anxiety, depression and drug/alcohol abuse.
Trying to be skinny by starving has a lot of unhealthy risks. If an eating disorder continues for a long amount of years, it could eventually be fatal.