Online surveys say men worry about their appearance too
Online surveys say that many men lack confidence in their appearance, with a higher number of men than women admitting to having low body confidence.
One recent online survey of 2,000 males, in relation to body confidence, showed that 1 in 3 British men said they didn’t feel confident about their overall body image. Compared to other online surveys by the same retailer, more women suggested that they felt confident in their own skin than men did, with 37% of women saying they felt fairly confident, compared to just 35% of men.
According to the online surveys, the most prevalent reasons for the lack of body confidence in men were excess fat (1 in 4), a larger waistline than they would like (nearly 1 in 5) and height (almost 1 in 10). The size of their genitals, as well as lack of muscle prominence, were also cited in the online surveys as common reasons for insecurity over body image.
Interestingly, the online surveys did reveal regional differences in the lack of body confidence in UK men. The North East apparently has the most bodily confident males, according to the online survey, with an average of 5.74 out of 10, followed by Londoners at 5.70. The survey showed that men in the South East had on average the lowest male body confidence of 5.26.
Similarly, age was also a factor in the body confidence figures. The online survey showed that most men appear to become more bodily confident with age - except for the 25-34 year old age group - who apparently have the least confidence in their bodies.
But why have the figures increased, and why is this so surprising? Admittedly, many people still consider body confidence as a traditionally female issue, but this online survey certainly proves that this isn’t the case. With the lowest body confidence rates in the 25-34 year old group of men, this isn’t in itself surprising – perhaps the availability of social media and our celebrity culture have most of an impact on this age group, and perhaps it’s also an age where you start to change from your younger physical self and realise that what you see in the mirror is now what ‘you’ have become as an adult. The figures also reflect our overall health as a nation: excess fat was the number one reason for male body insecurities, whilst according to other online surveys more people in the UK are either overweight or obese than at any other time in the past three decades.
It certainly is worrying that alongside our nationally increasing waistlines there is also a rise in eating disorders – with 1 in 4 now recorded as being a male patient (an increase of 66%). But with many men citing insecurities that cannot be changed – such as height and penis size – this is a concern.
Perhaps the idea that men may feel they can talk about body confidence in today’s modern UK is a positive thing. And one charity really striving to help both men and women by changing the attitudes of a society obsessed with body image is the Be Real Campaign. The charity aims to start in schools, to help give young people help and advice on healthy attitudes to body image, but they also help others too. And by talking about it, perhaps very slowly we may see some gradual change.
After all, could it simply be a matter of attitude and positivity? It’s sad that many men (and women) lack confidence on their own body image – not only through aspects of themselves that they can change, but sometimes due to unavoidable physical characteristics. So, in the wise words of Mary Engelbreit: “If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ” Well said, Mary.
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