Originally Posted by Jen
Evidently men are now as concerned about their body image as women, and even go so far as to lie about their weight and exercise routine to their friends and partners.
Do you ever lie about your fitness level? Do you ever wish that you were a different shape in order to be able to pull off certain looks? What is replacing the "beer gut" and bicep as symbols of manliness, or is manliness itself passe?http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4812276.stm
I believe this to be incorrect. In fact the opposite is true. The gut is being glorified in the media by such shows as King of Queens
, Ask Jim
, etc. The situation is actually getting worse.
And contrary to the post(s) above, being overweight actually adds years to one's life, and makes one look older. However, being emaciated, also has its drawbacks. I believe the right formula is to carry weight as muscle with a proper program of weight lifting, cardio, and some plyometrics.
Fitness does take self-discipline, and as one slides into one's career life, that discipline easily breaks down. Problem today is that a lot of youth is already fat and out of shape during high school and college years, so when they start their work lives it gets worse earlier. They don't need to slide into fatdom, because they are already there.
Fashion is going along with this. Hence the popularity of wearing shirts with tails untucked, baggy loose fitting clothes, etc. Over time, dress and grooming standards declined with the increase in obesity. What was "normal" 30 years ago in a man's suit is now referred to as an "athletic" cut. I could go on and on...yadda-yadda.
Only fundamental lifestyle changes can get the majority male and female population back into attractive shape. A drop of 8 is just not that hard to achieve or maintain with a little bit of work.