Boys want average bodies

Most teenage boys want an average physique that doesn’t stand out, according to research from Concordia University and the University of Manitoba.

A total of 32 Toronto-area boys, aged 13 to 15, were recruited from a community centre and private school to participate in this research.

While the sample group was small, the study lasted nine months and included four in-depth interviews and 19 focus groups. Discussions centered on male bodies, health, diet and physical activity.

Participants were asked to comment on popular culture images, such as the animated character Homer Simpson, shirtless models featured in Bowflex home gym commercials and cut athletes from Ultimate Fighting Championships.

Read more at Concordia University & the University of Manitoba