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Visual inspection and anthropomorphic measurement

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Visual inspection and anthropomorphic measurement Action figures today are consistently much more muscular than their predecessors. Media Influence The DEGREE to which we are concerned about body image has changed Rigid and uniform standards of beauty Images are made to seem real, normal and attainable These standards are harder and harder to attain
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Men “In the 70’s, there were only five books on any kind of eating disorders, by the end of 1986, there were 85 in print, about 30 of which discussed bulimia. The first magazine articles were in 1977, and within a few years the topic was mainstream in the popular media... nothing was said about men.” The Adonis Complex • Body dysmorphia disorder • Obsessive thoughts about perceived defects: too skinny, underweight, etc. Symptoms Constantly examine themselves in a mirror Frequently compare themselves with others Hate their reflections Become distressed if they miss a workout session or one of their many meals a day Become distressed if they do not receive enough protein per day in their diet Take potentially dangerous anabolic steroids Neglect jobs, relationships, or family because of excessive exercising Have delusions of being underweight or below average in musculature.
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Negative Body Image 40% of men would like to increase their weight, while an equal number would like to decrease weight 70-80% of women want to lose weight Language Thin Women: slim, willowy, model-like, slender, petite Men: Pencil-neck, stick, skinny twerp Above average in weight Women: Rubenesque, full-figured, plus-sized Men: Hulk, tough guy, buff, ripped Positive Affirmations Gratitude Addressing assumptions Every body is different Look at yourself as a whole person Surround yourself with positive people Wear clothes that are comfortable and make you feel good about your body Be a critical viewer of social and media messages Improving Body Image How would you describe your own body image? Positive? Negative? In between? What influences your choices to change your body? Consider dieting, tattoos, piercings, plastic surgeries, even braces... Reflection Ideas
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