On some Friday nights instead of going bar hopping, you can hop into the Glasgow Science Centre for an adults-only science showcase, Science Lates, which will entertain and enlighten. I was lucky to take part in the event on June 2, titled Under the Skin, which covered topics from sleep to viruses to brain functions and fertility. And of course, body image!
I was part of the Meet the Expert session, where interested visitors could talk to me about my research face to face. To my surprise, most of the people who approached me were men. And they shared their experiences of being subjected to unrealistic expectations about their bodies, of witnessing online bullying or just of often being overwhelmed by all that is going on online relating to their bodies.
Body image is often seen as an issue, which concerns mostly women and girls. But research shows that young men are just as affected as women. And in fact, they also are affected by the additional stigma of body image being perceived as a female problem, and as a result they have fewer places to turn to for help and understanding.
So in our outreach efforts and research projects we should not forget the boys and men too.