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Published: Monday, March 10 2014 2:40 p.m. MDT

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Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

"Boys aren't excluded from body image issues. The Atlantic recently reported that boys are feeling the pressure to make their bodies more fit."

How is this a bad thing?

Midwest City, USA, OK

I don't think it -is- a bad thing, necessarily. I've had body image issues from a young age; if you look at the male heroes we have on television, in video games, and for action figures (You remember those Kenner Star Wars figures, right? Even Luke was a hulk!), the standard for men is as perfected and "impossible" as it is for women.

But it was something I learned to use to my benefit; as it turned out, I became quite a pudgy kid (to put it lightly) under the exeggurated idea that "it's what's on the inside that counts", but I realized that that's not normal or healthy., I've let my ambition for an "idealized" body drive me to great physical health. It's not always easy to maintain, but it's worth it-both could be said of maintaining a home, or a marriage.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with Flinching.

The Des News is so obsessed with countering what Hollywood teaches us of looks are everything that they've adopted the equally unhealthy approach of looks don't mean anything and the only thing that matters is whats inside.

People should try and be thin. They should lose fat. They should exercise more. They should eat less.

We have a bigger(pun intended) problem of overweight people in this country than we do of too thin people who are too obsessed with body image.

The larger(again pun intended) portion is the larger problem.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I can only speak for my self. I never grew to be 6' tall like I wanted to be I never got the mussel mass like steroids can do if I took them. I been fighting the battle of the bulge all my life, and it getting harder and harder as I get older and older. I don't know how vain I am or if I like to just be able to get out of the car after a long drive.

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