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Sex, Gender, and Body Image

Do boys and girls have different body-image concerns?

Appearance ideals can vary by gender and, more broadly, ethnicity, culture, region, community, and other factors. Not all boys, for example, face the same pressure to look and act in certain ways. That said, our media- and sports-saturated culture often celebrates men who are muscular and lean. For girls and women, media messages -- especially in the United States -- commonly emphasize the value of being young, beautiful, and, especially, thin.