Do men really worry more about their appearance?

Body image concerns more men than women, research finds

 

Anxiety about body image has led to some men conceding they would exchange a year of their life for the perfect physique


More men worry about their body shape and appearance – beer bellies, "man boobs" or going bald – than women do about how they look, according to research.

More than four in five men (80.7%) talk in ways that promote anxiety about their body image by referring to perceived flaws and imperfections, compared with 75% of women. Similarly, 38% of men would sacrifice at least a year of their life in exchange for a perfect body – again, a higher proportion than women.

Source: The Guardian



Vocabulary:

to concern -

to lead to -

a beer belly -

boobs -

to go bald -

a flaw -

an eating disorder -

to resort to -

to draw attention to stg -

a lack of stg -

(a slim) frame -

chubby (adj) -

to overhear -

moobs -

to slim down -

to be deterred from doing stg -

to trade -

to forego -

a shape -

in pursuit of stg -

driven (adj) -

due to -

the average -

lean (adj) -

a nose job -

removal (n) -

to fuel (an idea) -

to encourage -

a quick fix -


What do you think? Are men more worried about their appearance than women?

What would you like to change about your appearance?

Comments

Anonymous said…
Men used to be less concerned when we talked about physical but nowadays they tend to put more attention in it.

I think that stars are a part of the creation of the new man. Because when we see a movie for example, we only see beautiful guys and girls, so people in the street think that we have to do an effort if we want to get on in life.

I don't know if i would like to change my appearance because i'm like that and people who know me or want to know me, must accept me as I am!

Majda
Graham said…
Hi Majda,

I am not surprised by this news. A monster has been created, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS "the new man". Nowadays men have to be concerned about fashion and their appearance. Many go to the extreme of *HAVING hair REMOVED and EYEBROWS PLUCKED; there are almost as many beauty products for men as there are for women. The whole things is out of control.


Men used to be less concerned REGARDING PHYSIQUE but nowadays they tend to PAY MORE ATTENTION TO IT.

I think that stars are PARTLY THE REASON FOR the creation of the new man. Because when we see a movie for example, we only see beautiful guys and girls, so people in the street think that we have to MAKE AN EFFORT if we want to get on in life.

I don't know if I would like to change my appearance because THAT'S HOW I AM and people who know me or want to know me, must accept me as I am!


* HAVE STG DONE - DO YOU SEE HOW I TRY TO USE CONSTRUCTIONS THAT YOU'VE ALREADY SEEN? :-)
Anonymous said…
Yes! But the construction is different as the first we've seen.. because you use the -ing form... it's the same, isn't it?

Majda
Graham said…
Well it depends on the tense:

I'm having my living room redecorated next week.
IT'S ABOUT TIME YOU HAD your eyes tested.
I'll get my teeth polished when I go to the dentist's on Monday.
I get my shopping delivered home every week.

In the above case:

preposition + verbING

the extreme OF havING hair removed.

So it's exactly the same as you saw in class the other day.
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham:
If my grandfather piched up his head, he whould frighten. The man carries bag like a woman. The man wears earrings in his ears. Before he goes to bed he cleans his face and he puts the moisturizing cream. The men wax and do manicure. ¡Strange modern pohenomenon!
The modern man concerns very much about his body. He drinks light liquids, beer and wine without alcohol, he eats organic foods, biological yogurt and fruit instead whisky. There aren´t men already.
The modern man doesn´t open the door to women, neither leaves the seat to women in the underground nor helps to women with the baby carriage. The man is in extinction.
LOL.
I have to say goodbye to you because, as you know, in the idus of March, Cronos used to come with his boys to steal me on hour, already he is surroundings my house. I can´t do anything but the October I will take revenge. LOL
See you soon. José.
Graham said…
Hi José!

We missed you in class today.

So you don't approve of the new man - neither do I, to be honest.


If my grandfather raised his head, he would get a fright. The new man carries a bag like a woman. He wears earrings. Before he goes to bed he cleans his face and he puts on moisturizing cream. Men wax and have manicures. What a strange modern phenomenon!

The modern man really takes care of his body. He drinks diet/sugar free drinks, beer and wine without alcohol, he eats organic foods, biological yogurt and fruit instead of whisky. There aren´t any men now. ("ya" = now or already; it depends on the context)

The modern man doesn´t open the door for women, neither gives up his seat to women on the underground nor helps women with a pram. Man is extinct.
LOL.


I'm afraid I don't understand the last bit. I don't see the connection between the Ides of March and Cronus.

I have to say goodbye to you because, as you know, in the Ides of March, Cronos used to come with his boys ??to steal me on hour??, already he is surrounding my house. I can´t do anything but in October I will take revenge. LOL


OK I hope to see you tomorrow morning for lesson and a coffee.
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham, it's Inés.

I've realized that nowadays men are quite more concerned about their look and appearance than before. I personally don't care if they worry about their appearance more than women, or if they apply moisturizers, as long as they are happy, but I think that exchanging a year of their own lives just to have a perfect physique is excessive. What I mean is that sometimes a beer belly isn't a problem if the man is nice and kind.
I think that each person has their own physical "imperfections" or flaws, but that's precisely what makes each one attractive.

See you on Wednesday!

Hi Graham it's Alicia:
I think men are less worried about their appearence than women. Women have always been more concerned about their look, trying to be fit, getting the hair done, putting on some make up,... But I believe nowadays men care more about their look, and also they try to be fit, to wear nice close,... Despite, I'm still thinking women worry more about their appearence than men.

See you tomorrow :)

Graham said…
Hi Inés and Alicia,

I think it is important that everyone tries to keep in shape and take some interest in their appearance. However, many people go too far.

I don't understand guys who remove hair, get their eyebrows shaped or have an unhealthy obsession about cosmetics.



to wear nice clothes,... *Despite this, I'm still thinking women worry more about their appearence than men


*despite + noun

Hi Graham,
I agree that lately the aesthetic care of man has increased a lot. Now, there are many more products to take care of the appearance of man. And I think that in a while it will be very close to that of women, but women have been in this for longer. Today, still many care for man are seen in a derogatory way.