As they grow older, the pressure to "man up" can sometimes lead to crash diets, over-exercising, smoking, or even taking dangerous supplements. Ever since I was very little, I had an obsession over becoming skinny. In my case, one little joke about 'how fat I am' would cause me think about starving myself for weeks on end. Books with Strong Female Characters. Bodybuilding and fitness forums can promote risky training and unattainable body ideals that boys may pursue without checking with a doctor or coach. Parenting dilemmas, solved.
Boys and Body Image
Why Media Role Models Matter.
Boys are affected by the media's depictions of unrealistic body types. Search by Age and Topic By age Preschoolers One glance at the real men in their lives will drive home this point.