Adolescents are particularly sensitive about appearance, and serious body image issues may originate when the sufferer is a teenager.
The transition from childhood to puberty leads to several body changes, and this might have a negative impact on someone’s body perception, weight, and appearance. Teenagers are more influenced by social and peer criticism.
The media cultivates the idea that early development for teenage males, in terms of height, speed and strength, is admired by society. Therefore, delayed development is a big risk for body dissatisfaction.
Men who struggle to control their weight might be subject to depression and anxiety around their body shape. Obesity in men can lead to several physical and psychological problems, such as loose skin, erectile dysfunction, and low self-esteem, subsequently leading to body distress.
Aging in men can also create fear and anxiety around body shape changes. Baldness, sagging skin, and graying hair might cause body distress and feelings of shame around body image.
Our modern society and culture forces men to look in a certain way, thus people that do not adhere to this ideal ‘body portrait’ might experience feelings of failure, low self-worth and frustration.