Sunday, 23 October 2016

Male Body Confidence & Image


Being body confident and having body positivity is all about not being ashamed of your size, shape or weight and liking or loving yourself the way you are. After a blogger chat last week I wanted to talk about male body confidence. As someone who has in the past failed to do this, it is a concept that I can now fully get behind. I have however found, that the majority of support for Body confidence is mainly female based and it got me thinking, that there isn't that the same support among men. 

You see for men the idea of speaking about body issues is probably the furthest thing for our minds when we meet. We sit down, open a beer and throw on FIFA so this isn't the ideal time to talk about feeling overweight or not comfortable in ourselves. It isn't a very masculine topic, your more likely to have the shit ripped out of you than get a potential verbal pick me up you require. Due to this I personally felt that men going through this have very few avenues to turn to for help.

You see I have never been confident in myself when it comes to the way that I look. I have struggled with body confidence and image issues since my early teens. At my heaviest I weighed 16 1/2 stone and I literally hated myself, I didn't like the way I looked and my lack of self esteem prevented me to be comfortable while being out with friends in both social periods and nights out. It got to a point where enough is enough.

I had to pull myself out of it, I currently weigh 13 1/2 stone but where I am so used to wearing clothes that were a size or two too big, I now constantly feel like I need to pull clothes that fit perfectly downwards to make them feel or seem bigger. I do feel like it is something that I am getting better with but it's a slow process, one that will take a while.
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  1. Thanks so much for sharing! Alot of people think this issue only affect women, but it affects males too.

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    1. Yea I agree, it would be good for more males to be open about it. Thank you as it was your chat that persuaded me to do it now.

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  2. I can honestly say I don't think I've ever read a post on male body confidence so this was a refreshing read! The only downside to weightloss is all the money you need to spend on clothes to fit you! About 60% of my wardrobe right now is clothes that are too big but I just can't afford to go out and replace them all (it's kinda putting me off exercising more as my clothes will look worse the more weight I lose).

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    1. I am in this same boat. I've had to rely on birthdays etc to get the clothes that I now need. It works both ways as I know I can fit in smaller clothes but can't because of the cost. I think the overall outcome of working out does beat the fact that I need new clothes.

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