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The Silent Epidemic of Male Body Image Struggles

[QUOTE]Are you one of those guys that constantly looks in the mirror & obsesses over the ideal physical look? A recent study conducted by professors at the University of Hawaii found that 20-40 percent of men are dissatisfied with their physical appearance.

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by Anonymousreply 107Last Wednesday at 6:14 AM

Bigorexia is growin

by Anonymousreply 110/16/2018

OP types fat

by Anonymousreply 210/16/2018

Men have always cared about their looks and society has always pressured men to meet certain masculine ideals. It's just that most studies heavily focus on women and women only while leaving men totally ignored.

by Anonymousreply 310/16/2018

[QUOTE]OP types fat

I’m a man, and you can’t silence me.

by Anonymousreply 410/16/2018

It’s also that common dudes today can attain buff, muscular jacked bods in a way it was unattainable in the past. Now, gyms are everywhere, and supplements are reasonably priced and available. Of course, social media has given the male aesthetics movement unprecedented prominence and influence.

by Anonymousreply 510/16/2018

Tell me about it, R5. You can’t throw a stone on social media without hitting someone like this dude:

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by Anonymousreply 810/16/2018

"Bigorexia is growin"

I see what you did there.

by Anonymousreply 910/16/2018

Yeah, that Derek Martin guy's body is jaw-dropping -- and he's published hundreds of videos to prove it. Too bad about the tattoos.

by Anonymousreply 1010/16/2018

Homosexual men made muscles popular in BC Greece.

There wasn't bigorexia in those days though; it was just an ideal of masculinity and, of course, sexual male beauty.

by Anonymousreply 1110/16/2018

You have to sacrifice to be beautiful, it's always been that way.

by Anonymousreply 1210/16/2018

(Not so) stealth IG troll thread.

by Anonymousreply 1310/16/2018

[QUOTE](Not so) stealth IG troll thread.

I posted one guy to show an example of what we’re talking about here. Big friggin whoop!

by Anonymousreply 1410/16/2018

More than his body is Derek'smassive cock that's giving him the popularity... among gay viewers.

by Anonymousreply 1510/16/2018

There's more cultural pressure on women's appearance.

by Anonymousreply 1610/16/2018

It's not an epidemic.

It's a revolution that is HEALTHIER than the American status quo, which is overweightedness, obesity and WORSE HEALTH PROBLEMS than even steroids.

by Anonymousreply 1710/16/2018

So steroids are good now? THIS is healthy?

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by Anonymousreply 2010/16/2018

Are you saying under all those muscles he's suffering inside? R18

by Anonymousreply 2110/16/2018

So hot bro

by Anonymousreply 2210/16/2018

What health problems can these guys expect in 30 years?

by Anonymousreply 2310/16/2018

Who knows bro

by Anonymousreply 2410/16/2018

What can Datalounge, and the gay community at large, do about this silent epidemic???

by Anonymousreply 2510/16/2018

When I was younger I was constantly looking in mirrors. My apartment had prominent mirrors in every room. When I was at a bar I would frequently take bathroom breaks just to check myself out. Some of my friends made fun of me but didn't care - it was harmless.

But now I'm older most of the mirrors are gone. After I get ready in the morning I don't pay much attention.

by Anonymousreply 2610/16/2018

[quote]What can Datalounge, and the gay community at large, do about this silent epidemic ?

Maybe a vigil on Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles. Everyone carry signs and wear dark clothing.

by Anonymousreply 2710/16/2018

^^ Hollywood not LA

by Anonymousreply 2810/16/2018
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by Anonymousreply 2910/17/2018

Not all men who work out suffer fron body dysmorphia or bigorexia. There's a point where physical exercise is immediately aassociated with negative things. Almost as if people were trying to discourage men from looking a little better than others.

by Anonymousreply 3010/17/2018

"A recent study conducted by professors at the University of Hawaii found that 20-40 percent of men are dissatisfied with their physical appearance."

I'm sure an equivalent study would show 95-99% of women are dissatisfied with their physical appearance.

by Anonymousreply 3110/17/2018

Steroid queens are sociopaths.

by Anonymousreply 3210/17/2018

People who don’t work out often say that

by Anonymousreply 3310/17/2018

I think they all look horrible. I'd honestly much rather have a man that exercised his brain than his body.

by Anonymousreply 3410/18/2018

Not me

by Anonymousreply 3510/18/2018

Thoughts and prayers for these poor dysmorphic homosexuals. I would be glad to act as a mentor and help walk them through this rough patch. I am setting up Anti-dysmorphic clinics in all major cities and am accepting applications for franchises. Please come be a part of our dysmorphic team. No special training needed - just a good attitude and a willingness to work hard. You will be working one-on-one with our wonderful clients - and fringe benefits often available !!

Please Google: "Dysmorphia R Us" for full details and have a dysmorphic positive day !!

by Anonymousreply 3610/18/2018

I just received a question regarding "references." At "Dysmorphia R Us" we like to look for the good in everyone and we don't believe in references. NO No no ... references are not for us !! The only requirement you need for this wonderful opportunity is an application fee and monthly franchise fees (payable in cash).

Full details are on our website. Set up your franchise operation in any way that brings out your inner Anti-dysmorphia.

by Anonymousreply 3710/18/2018

Do you accept female assistants?

by Anonymousreply 3810/18/2018

Do you have the application fee? If so we can always work out the details ... and have an Anti-dysmorphic positive day !!

by Anonymousreply 3910/18/2018

More muscle!

by Anonymousreply 4010/19/2018

I really hate the way I look. My face is average looking but my body is horrible overall. I'm short and skinny to the point where I can still buy certain things in youth sized clothing. I do work out but it seems that no matter what I try I can't bulk up, I can get a bit toned if I put tons of effort in but that's it. My shoulders and chest are narrow so I don't even have a normal body shape to start with. I can't afford to juice so sometimes I try and hide it by wearing bulkier clothes or layers. I think some of those insta guys are way too muscled, but my body isn't any better, it's not attractive imo and I look terrible naked.

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by Anonymousreply 4210/20/2018

Muscle matters

by Anonymousreply 4310/21/2018

Whoomp whoomp.

by Anonymousreply 4410/21/2018

I think it is OK if you want to work out to improve your looks and health, but you need to realise there is nothing wrong with you looking the way you look now. I hink it is vital that you love yourself the way you are, that way you won't be a slave to aesthetics and you will have a healthy psychology. R41

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by Anonymousreply 4610/23/2018

[QUOTE]I think it is vital that you love yourself the way you are, that way you won't be a slave to aesthetics and you will have a healthy psychology.

Exactly. You don’t want to end up like this guy, who’s clearly juicing:

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by Anonymousreply 4910/24/2018

It looks like he kind of photoshops himself... R47

by Anonymousreply 5010/24/2018

Just wow bro

by Anonymousreply 5110/24/2018

[QUOTE]Muscle matters.

I find it hard to believe that the guy in R6 would be any worse for wear if he didn’t lift weights to such an extreme degree.

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by Anonymousreply 5503/03/2019

I love it

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by Anonymousreply 5604/19/2019

Those steroid guys with the zits all over their shoulders and backs - so gross

by Anonymousreply 5704/19/2019

So hot

by Anonymousreply 5804/19/2019

The epidemic of overweight and obese Americans is FAR WORSE, FAR MORE WIDESPREAD, and FAR DEADLIER.

I'd much rather have dysmorphia than diabetes, heart attack, etc.

by Anonymousreply 5904/19/2019

Men, suddenly feeling insecure about their bodies? Undesirable? Unattractive?

Oh, boo-hoo.

by Anonymousreply 6004/19/2019

More hot bros !

by Anonymousreply 6104/19/2019

[quote]More than his body is Derek'smassive cock that's giving him the popularity... among gay viewers.

Where can I see evidence of that? His vids are amazing, but I don't think I've noticed him bulging in any of them.

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by Anonymousreply 6402/20/2021

Karma is a bitch--they finally know how we have felt for millions of years

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by Anonymousreply 6604/12/2021

Learning to love yourself is the greatest glub glub.

by Anonymousreply 6704/12/2021

Dudes love the physique attention

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by Anonymousreply 6804/16/2021

Threads like this are some combo of this:

1. "No one appreciates how much men suffer" 2. "Men with good bodies are all on some kind of drug" 3. "Men with good bodies are all secretly gay because women only like money, not bodies" 4. "I don't like a man with a body like that. I prefer __________" 5. "I'm hot and let me tell you how terrible it is."

by Anonymousreply 6904/16/2021

True bro

by Anonymousreply 7004/16/2021

Psychology of lifting

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by Anonymousreply 7106/03/2021

I do believe this is a real thing, but at the same time it makes me smile to myself because growing up as a young kid in the 1970s, people in general including young men didn't generally belong and go en masse to gyms to work out and grow big muscles, albeit maybe difficult for many younger folks today to believe that. If a guy belonged to a muscle gym in those days, generally he was either a bodybuilding sport fanatic or on one of the high school or college sports teams. Sure, there were naturally muscular guys, but in those days it more reflected guys who were athletic and liked sports.

by Anonymousreply 7206/03/2021

And yet these Insta-divas baring everything or almost on their social media are the same ones who will squeal like nellies and towel-dance dress in their gyms' locker rooms fearing that any other guys around them might inadvertently see them naked. lol

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by Anonymousreply 7506/30/2021

Social worker the scourge of society.

by Anonymousreply 7606/30/2021

Edit… Social media is the scourge of society.

by Anonymousreply 7706/30/2021

I've lost 15 lbs in the past 6 weeks and have to admit when I look in the mirror, I like what I see. Hoping I can lose another 15 and get to my ideal weight.

by Anonymousreply 7806/30/2021

R77, I love it. So many hotties showing off

by Anonymousreply 7906/30/2021

Congrats r78. Awesome bro!

by Anonymousreply 8006/30/2021

I'm a self-diagnosed body dysmorphic and have always been this way. I remember when I was 8 years old finding ways to get out of attending my friend's pool parties to avoid taking my shirt off. It carries to this day in one way or another---no matter how often people tell me how attractive I am, I just can't believe it;. I only see a skinny, pale, wimp (I'm 6'3", 240 lbs, and have a decent body)

by Anonymousreply 8106/30/2021

So many guys are addicted to the fans, fame, and money they make off of being ripped and swole. Men’s aesthetics is very Lucrative now

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by Anonymousreply 8206/30/2021

Gosh R82 sure has his finger on the pulse of internet culture in 2012.

by Anonymousreply 8306/30/2021

Physiques matter

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by Anonymousreply 8407/02/2021

I can't relate, I've always been incredibly sexy ,and I'm only getting better with age

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by Anonymousreply 8607/02/2021

Good bodies are dime a dozen. With the right guide, anyone can achieve hotness in 6 months.

by Anonymousreply 8707/03/2021

R41, do you live in NYC? I go to Ageless Mens Health to get treatment for low testosterone. Takes about six weeks for the injections to build up, but I’ve go way more muscle now than I did when I started. Check them out; I’m happy.

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by Anonymousreply 8907/04/2021

I'm very average looking. That's why I got into guns. The great equalizer.

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by Anonymousreply 9107/04/2021

I'm shocked that such a large percentage of men love the way they look. I think it's quite an accomplishment to be able to stand in front of a mirror naked and be like "great, I'm happy with this". I thought it was normal to be dissatisfied and to want constant physical improvements.

by Anonymousreply 9207/04/2021

That kind of extreme body sculpting isn't healthy.

by Anonymousreply 9307/04/2021

A large and growing men suffer from body image insecurity, which is fueling the supplement industry

by Anonymousreply 9407/04/2021

Nothing against good looking guys showing their bodies, but if it is based on insecurity then it isn’t good.

by Anonymousreply 9507/04/2021

Aesthetics bros love being complimented for their physiques

by Anonymousreply 9607/04/2021

Except i feel like if R96 complimented them, they'd call the cops.

by Anonymousreply 9707/05/2021

Naw son

by Anonymousreply 9807/05/2021

A positive epidemic

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by Anonymousreply 9907/16/2021

Working out to improve your appearance and be healthy is great. Taking steroids, obsessively guzzling protein shakes, bcaa's, pre and post workout supplements of questionable safety, and micro-managing your nutrition to the point where you freak out that you accidentally went over a certain number of carb grams in a day is not a healthy lifestyle.

And for any juicers who don't already know.....steroid use in your 20s is a known contributor to serious heart disease and heart attacks sometimes as early as 40.

by Anonymousreply 10007/16/2021

Aesthetics matter

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by Anonymousreply 103Last Tuesday at 7:25 PM

Haven't women been struggling with this sort of thing

by Anonymousreply 104Last Tuesday at 7:36 PM

These guys will have such hormone and thyroid problems in their 30s and 40s due to all the steroid use now. I looked up one WBFF guy I followed back around 2012–as big as a house today. Bloated and fat.

by Anonymousreply 105Last Tuesday at 7:54 PM

How old is the boy at R103? 16? Blech.

by Anonymousreply 106Last Wednesday at 2:04 AM

Biceps matter bro

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