• Aaron Patel

Half Of Men's Mental Health Affected By Body Image Issues

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According to research conducted by Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and Instagram, 48% of men between the ages of 16 to 40, struggled due to body image issues.

Conducted across 2,000 men, results showed one in two (58%) young men felt negative about their bodies due to the covid-19 pandemic. There was also a knock-on effect on their mental health, as 48% said their mental health had suffered, due to their negative feelings about their bodies.

The research also examined the causes of body image concerns among young men. Over a third (39%) felt pressure to have the "perfect body" with half citing mainstream media, social media and celebrity culture as sources of body ideals. However, 54% said that those body types do not represent men in everyday life.

However, research also found that social media can be used positively in this regard. Three in five (60%) said they follow or would prefer to follow social media accounts that promote a positive male body image.

Additionally, it was also found that a quarter (26%) of Gen Z and millennial men feel content and happy with their current bodies and how they look. But a fifth (21%) said they do not feel comfortable talking to it about anyone.

CALM Body Talks will feature a number of famous faces including Jamie Laing, Russell Kane, and former footballer Leon McKenzie, as they encourage more men to talk about their bodies. Topics such as issues surrounding "bigorexia", height worries, and body acceptance will be discussed.

Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM said: "Body image worries affect people of all genders, body types and backgrounds. And the conversation is much deeper than just weight or body shape. The worries are complex and can have a significant impact on people's mental wellbeing. We know that men can often feel disengaged or excluded from the conversation of body positivity because of unhelpful stereotypes."