I saw this postcard on PostSecret this Sunday as well. There is a large and growing base of Male Body Image research
that shows how this is trending up in Adolescent males. This is also a big issue for gay men where how one looks can singularly define your place in the social and dating order. Here is a sample
of the images that both straight and gay men get in the media about how men need to look. This is an example of what turns up in the gay media world as the ideal. A tough act to follow, huh?
There is also a bump in awareness for men in the 45-50 range that is considered part of "male menopause". I'm right in that bracket and considering that one of the side effects from the SSRIs I had been taking (apart from not sleeping, apnea, snoring, tiredness, yawning, etc.) is weight gain (10, no make that 11lbs) there is extra pressure to arrest it ASAP.
My goals are to me the healthiest version of me I can be, not to try and attain what the media tells me is ideal. Like we can all be Jon Hamm. Sheesh.
Really worth reading.