The Silent Battle: Men, Body Image, and Mental Health

For those who identify as male, body image issues aren’t often discussed yet still impact a major part of the population. Body positivity campaigns exist for women, but what about for men? Add in workout plans for “bulking up,” filters…

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For those who identify as male, body image issues aren’t often discussed yet still impact a major part of the population. Body positivity campaigns exist for women, but what about for men?

Add in workout plans for “bulking up,” filters on social media, and Hollywood hero complexes, and it can feel impossible for men to consider themselves masculine if they’re anything but what the media’s pushing at them.

How can we understand the short- and long-term impacts of negative body image in men? Even more importantly, how can we decrease feelings of shame and inadequacy to help increase body acceptance in males?

Roberto Olivardia, PhD, explains the impact of unaddressed image issues over a lifetime, shares ways to encourage body positivity in male populations, and answers audience questions about what we can do to improve self-esteem and reduce stigma and shame.

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