The Sydney Morning Herald ran a fantastic feature article yesterday that confronted the issue of men’s body image issues.
…while healthcare professionals are often trained to detect eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, they admit it can be much harder to tell when a male fitness regime tips over into an obsession.
So while considerable attention is focused on helping women overcome the eating and exercise disorders that often result from such insecurities, scant consideration is being paid to the effects felt by the men currently battling similar issues.”
When the Sydney Morning Herald thought of people confronting the male body image issues, who else would come to mind than our own Editor-in-Chief, Noah Brand, who was bold enough to bare it all in his post, I’m Stark Naked, Deal With It.
The article quotes Noah about the complex process of arriving at self-acceptance:
“Men are conditioned from childhood not to talk about these issues,” he said. “I knew that if we were going to get anyone seriously talking about them somebody would have to do something really confrontational. And I was raised to believe that when you think someone ought to do something your next thought should be, Hey, I’m someone.”
Noah also explains how most of the feedback on the article was positive, and that many men felt reassured that other men felt as Noah did, and women were glad to learn that men were having this experience.
Way to go, Noah, and cheers to the Sydney Morning Herald for confronting such an important topic!