263668 Body Image: A Matter of Importance to Male Health

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Elliot Sklar, PhD , College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Cecilia F. Rokusek, EdD, RD , College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, FL
For centuries attention on body image has focused on women. The importance of the changing female figure has been a subject of both formal and informal research. It is equally important to examine and study the body image of the male. In the last 200 years, the male image has changed dramatically. As a result,like with the female, negative health implications have been observed. This paper will review the research to date on the male body image and this changing image of the last 50 years on health status, both physical and mental. Many television and movie depictions of the male figure leave men feeling depressed and unhappy with their masculinity. This can lead to steriod abuse, extreme exercising and poor nutrition. The level of male attractiveness portrayed in the print and visual media is often idealized and not attainable for the average man. In a fat-phobic American Society where male self worth is tied to muscle mass and inherent machismo, there can be severe physical and emotional consequences. Research in the past 25 years has targeted males in the area of body image and self-esteem.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Evaluate the past and current literature related to body image and male health. 2. Differentiate health risks to those associated with females and differences in a "thin" and "muscular" body. 3. Discuss interprofessional health challenges for public health practitioners in this emerging area of male health.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Elliot Sklar has a record of research, presentations and publications on the topic of body image and gender as it is correlated to our increasing epidemic of obesity. He has implemented curricula and programming relevant to this and other areas of public health disparities through the lifespan. Additional areas of his research include homelessness, aging and disease prevention. He is an Assitant Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at Nova Southeastern University.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.