2. Pressure to Maintain a Certain Body Image
Body image is regarded as a more “female” issue, but it also seriously affects how men view themselves. We develop body image as children, based on cues we receive from our parents, peers and the media. Unrealistic cues about how the male body is “supposed” to look can lead to unhealthy body image, which can negatively impact a man’s mental and physical health and lead to issues like depression and eating disorders.
It’s normal to feel a little self-conscious now and then, but if a man’s obsession with his appearance is interfering with his life, to the point where he is rapidly losing weight, exercising obsessively, or eating very small or very large meals, it could signal a deeper issue.