Yendler said he thinks that men are “made to feel that it doesn’t matter and that there are other more pressing issues…” Weighing the issue of male body image against other “more pressing issues” is problematic and causes many men to stay silent. As Yendler explains, “…if you do focus on it, you are weak or you aren’t working hard enough, or you’re doing the wrong thing.”
When it comes to men’s mental health, in any area, this is a common problem. Men and the widespread ideals of masculinity include a lot of imagery about strength and competence. Men just aren’t supposed to have problems. Problems make them weak or incompetent. As a result of this stifling pressure of shame, many men don’t admit to the mental health or substance use problems they are facing.
Unfortunately, many men are suffering from body image issues as well as other mental health issues. Body image issues can be an important component in eating disorders, which many men face. A majority percentage of those who struggle with binge eating disorder, for example, are male. Men can also suffer with anorexia nervosa as well as bulimia nervosa.
If you or a male in your life are struggling with body image issues or poor mental health leading to pain in your life, there is an end to the darkness. Aurora Recovery Centre will light the pathway to lifelong recovery. Our residential treatment programs provide the clinical support and holistic healing you need to change. For more information, call us today at 844-515-STOP.