Today’s man is often equated with the strong silent type, with a super-fit muscular body. From action movies and superhero figures, to TV commercials, men and boys are bombarded with images of manhood that are near impossible to attain. Conversely, TV sitcoms portray the hapless male figure, overweight, emotionally insensitive, and often the subject of demeaning humour.
These narrow stereotypes impose images on our thinking that are damaging and misleading about manliness.
Paul Gallant knows this only too well. Gallant started working in men’s health about ten years ago, in addition to his other health leadership roles. His latest research focuses on the growing problem of male eating disorders, and he now leads self-help discussion groups for men with various forms of this serious health problem. Men now comprise roughly one in four of all individuals suffering from these disorders.Continue Reading