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Men ‘need help to combat poor body image’

Men ‘need help to combat poor body image’ : “They will be based on last year’s successful series of workshops focusing on women. The aim will be to equip men with the basic skills to cope with negative feelings associated with body image.”

The workshops last year for women were highly successful so Dr. Lewis is now tackling the tough arena of men. Tough because a lot of men either won’t accept they have a problem or think they will be able to fix it themsleves. At work we actually use the women to influence the men to look after themselves. We just discuss things openly and bring the men into the conversation or we work out some strategies to get a particular man to deal with his health programmes. Lots of men won’t actually go to a doctor when they need to , they’ll tough out dental problems and they think once they put on weight they cannot change it! We live in a society which pounds us constantly with body image stuff which is even worse now it can all be Photoshopped. It means you have to have a really level head and you have to know how to correct the influx of faulty information. Workshops like this can only help and make people feel like they can cope again.

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Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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