Beliefs about gender shape body image disorders in men

Gender roles affect body-image illnesses, a new study has found.

The study gave a questionnaire to 21 men with muscle dysmorphia (a pathological compulsion to build muscle), 24 men with anorexia and 30 healthy controls.

The muscle dysmorphia group more strongly endorsed masculine norms than the other two groups and the anorexia group more strongly endorsed feminine norms than the other two groups.

The findings suggest we need to address beliefs about gender roles.

Read more at University of Sydney