Body Image Disorder in Adolescent Males: Strategies for School Counselors.
In recent decades, men have been bombarded with images in society that depict the “ideal” male: strong, muscular, lean, with perfect features. What many adolescents do not realize is that most of the male bodies that they idealize can be acquired only with the use of anabolic steroids. Thus, many adolescent boys find themselves pursuing a body type that is impossible to obtain. By the time these boys reach adulthood, mare, have developed an eating disorder, such as bulimia, or an image disorder, such as muscle dysmorphia. In this article, the authors describe body image disorders in adolescent males and offer intervention strategies for school counselors. **********