Body image can affect more than just girls

When we talk about body image, many people assume girls are the only ones victimized by unrealistic body types.

That couldn’t be further from the truth.

In fact, some researchers worry that action figures like G.I. Joe’s robust physique may be as insidious a role model for boys as Barbie is for girls.

That’s due to the fact that G.I. Joe, and other action-hero figures may, in minor fashion, help fan the use of muscle-building drugs among young athletes.

Instead of idolizing these so-called false idols of physique, young boys (and young girls) should learn to appreciate the body they have and all the things that body can do for them.

To better appreciate one’s own body, use these 5 tips and you’ll live a happier, healthier life as a result.

  1. Be conscious of the media’s influence. Just because celebrities have “perfect” bodies, does that mean you have to do the same?
  2. Understand that everyone’s body is different, and that health, not “perfection,” is what’s important.
  3. We all have imperfections; they’re what make us unique!
  4. If you are feeling stressed about your body, talk to an adult you trust. You are not alone in your thoughts and feelings about your body!
  5. Keep it positive. The more positive you are about your body, the better you will feel!