The Rise Of Men Speaking Out About Unrealistic Weight and Body Image.
I don’t feel good enough…Or slim enough.
This sadly is the most common words I ever hear.
No matter who I hear it from I always ask myself the same question …what makes so many of us feel so worthless?
There are obviously various mitigating factors, but I also cant help but think we are all driven to be perfect in some way, and if we dont attain this perfection, then we are clearly worthless. This is all underpinned by our self esteem and the way we view ourselves.
I’ve heard it said by people from all walks of life & social status. Even people who on the surface appear to have everything, feel they are not good enough.
Not the best mum, wife, daughter, friend, size, height etc etc...the list of insecurities are indeed endless.
So today when Richard Madden gave his very honest interview regarding the pressure he feels around this subject, it made me feel quite sad that he too has endured this pressure. But Im also grateful that he is speaking out.
Richard is quoted as saying "We are projecting a very unrealistic body image”,
and the "unrealistic" demands he and his fellow actors face regarding their weight and body image.
"I've done numerous jobs where you're told to lose weight and get to the gym," he told British Vogue."It doesn't just happen to women, it happens to men all the time as well."
His comments follow singer Sam Smith's recent admission on Instagram that "I have starved myself for weeks" in advance of photo shoots.
Chris Hemsworth also talking honesty about his battle with the same issue.
As a mum of three boys I can honestly say this is huge for me as I know that even though boys/ men don't talk as openly as women, they are going through the same insecurities.
Having these three young men talk like this is undoubtedly going to show others out there that it’s ok to be comfortable in your own skin no matter what… and for that I’m eternally grateful.