Talk about body image often revolves around the pressures that women face, which are of course abundant. (I was once tut-tutted for my cuticles. WHO CARES?) But men aren't immune, either. A recent survey says that men worry about their appearance more than anything—oh, except for money.
The finding comes from a joint survey by Today and AOL. 53 percent of guys reported feeling insecure about their looks at least once a week; in their average hierarchy of worries, appearance comes before their careers, health and family. But 59 percent of respondents worried about $$$ at least once a week.
"Guys are just a couple of decades behind women of going down this really awful road," a psychologist told Today. "Even Halloween costumes for kids now, the superhero costumes come with built-in muscles; you never saw that back in the day," added another.
Additional findings, via Today:
- 63 percent of guys said they "always feel like (they) could lose weight
- 53 percent don't like having their picture taken
- 41 percent said they worry that people judge their appearance
- 44 percent feel uncomfortable wearing swim trunks (not to mention Speedos!)
But, of course, it's also worth noting that this is a trend the media seems to rediscover annually and treat like a big gee-whiz surprise every time. In fact, it starts to feel like—despite everyone's best intentions!—the constant shock that dudes could be affected by a parade of Hollywood six-packs just ends up reinforcing an unconscious assumption it's perfectly natural for women to spend their lives obsessing over their personal appearance.