Support for Boys Body Image Issues

“Our sons need more support with body image issues” - this is the title of a recent article in a Brighton Grammar School publication that addresses the very real issue of body image and males.  The article discusses the concern around increasing numbers of boys with extreme body image issues such as “anorexia nervosa and muscle dysmorphia, or ‘bigorexia’ – which often goes hand-in-hand with dangerous steroid use.”  Highlighting statistics such as 1 in 4 young people have serious body image worries, but significantly that “males are up to 4 times less likely to seek help than females?”

Below is a link to some resources to help you start the conversation about body image with your son.

The Body Image Tips factsheet for boys is provided by The Butterfly foundation:

https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/assets/Uploads/Factsheets/Body-Image-Tips-for-Boys.pdf

This short video by eating disorder expert Dr Beth Shelton presented by Generation Next describes muscle dysmorphia – the ‘male’ body image disorder – and explains some of the common warning signs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayVRyRFjYqQ&feature=em-share_video_user

To help support a healthy body image amongst our boys can I encourage us to have  conversations with them about body image, self-acceptance and their feelings.

Mrs Dianne Martin

Deputy Head of Senior School

 

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