While we often associate body issues with females, there are estimates that over 45 per cent of Western males suffer from a poor outlook on their body image.
Long story short, he played that game. The coach convinced him he was needed on the field.
Weeks later, however, the real story came out. A conversation that had me in tears was shared by him. He didn’t want to play football because he felt the only reason he was on the team was because he of his size. Apparently, comments had been made by other players about his weight and he internalized these. While technically he is the perfect lineman size (about 6’4” and around 240lbs), the comments being made by teammates were not done so in a positive way.
Our sons suffer from the same inner turmoil that many girls do about what their bodies are supposed to look like. We need to get our boys talking about these feelings on their perceived inadequacies. Society needs to let these young men know that, just like females, men come in all shapes and sizes as well.
The entire article can be viewed at Elephantjournal.com by clicking on this link Body Image: It’s not Just an Issue for Our Girls.
I would love to hear your feedback on if this has happened to you or a loved one and what you did to combat it or address it.
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