Eating disorders and gay male culture

If one were to read many of the popular magazines aimed at a male demographic, particularly those skewed to the LGBT population, images of what is considered masculine or desirable would be visible front and center. Ryan Reynolds, Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling—shirtless photos of these men and many others along with their six-pack abs serve as a major selling point for items ranging from clothing to movies. For many men, particularly those who identify as gay, these media images of what’s attractive aren’t necessarily in line with the reality of their body shapes or sizes. What used to be an issue acknowledged more readily in the female population, eating disorders and/or disordered eating patterns, is becoming more prevalent among males.

 

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