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The Effect of Own Body Concerns on the Judgements of Other Men's Body Size.

Body dissatisfaction 

Western society is obsessed with achieving the ideal body shape. However we are all biased by our friends, family and media and incapable of making accurate estimates of our own body size or  judgements of others. In an online survey through social media platforms, 44 men completed a perceptual assessment of their own estimation of body size and their judgement of other males’ body size.                

 

Psychometric measurements of the participants’ mental health and eating patterns were assessed through multiple self-report questionnaires. The findings confirm that males, like females show an inverse relationship between their own levels of body dissatisfaction and how they estimate other male bodies. Males also exhibit the same bias as females in that the more they overestimate their own body, the more they increase the BMI estimates of other male bodies. 

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