The issue of girl’s body image has always been talked about, images of perfect girls such as Barbie’s or princess gather criticism whereas a blind eye is shown to the boy who feels under pressure to achieve an idealised figure of a “prince.”
Young boys’ perception of what a man looks like is being flooded with big sexualised muscular figures that are so called “role models” that feature across magazine covers, music videos, television, and social media. Leaving boys with the belief that they don’t measure up to the media ideal, feeling like they need to bulk up.
Before boys even reach school age they already have an ideology that they should be big, dominant, and muscular. With cases of boys who worry about their looks starting as young as age six. I don’t think the traditional social norm that boys are only concerned about sports and games is still true. And yet as a society we ignore the sensitivity that young boys are presenting. If a girl was to starve herself in order to look skinny it would gather concern and help, yet nothing is said to the boy that asks for seconds and thirds in order to get big.
All of the blogs on From Our Eyes have been written by young people. They are about the kind of issues and problems teenagers face on a constant basis, as well as worldwide epidemics that not only youth, but EVERYONE experiences day to day.