The Times, 18/03/15, men should help fight eating disorders and body dissatisfaction among women by speaking out to counter “the prevailing, highly damaging generalisation that female body fat is unattractive and disliked by males”, according to leading educational psychologist Dr Aric Sigman speaking ahead of an HMCPD Conference for Teachers and Heads of PSHE (Forest School, London, 18 March 2015).
Research shows that most men like women’s curves and find the pear shape — a small waist and wide hips and thighs — appealing, Dr Aric Sigman says.
“Men have a very different and much kinder take on female body fat, sex appeal, eating and weight loss. Knowing what men think can serve as an antidote to the prevailing assumptions that feed body dissatisfaction.
“When it comes to women’s body image, eating disorders and dieting, there has been a distinct lack of male input. Men are an untapped army who need to become aggressively vocal about the culture and messages bearing down on their daughters, partners, sisters and female friends.”
Dr Sigman’s call comes in a speech to be delivered in London today at a Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference event on the pressures of modern life.
With eating disorders soaring among young people, particularly girls, it also adds force to The Times’ campaign for greater investment in mental health services for children.
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