About two years ago I switched to cocaine because I could work the next day. Jeremy is not the friend I was expecting to have this conversation with. Until a few weeks ago, I had no idea he used anything heavier than martinis. He is trim, intelligent, gluten-free, the kind of guy who wears a work shirt no matter what day of the week it is.
How being a gay man can make your body issues worse
How being a gay man can make your body issues worse - BBC Three
May we not spend the rest of them trapped in the gym. Such is the body conscious world of gay men. Our subculture teems with adages like this one that declare our allegiance to the gods of Youth, Physique, and Sex. According to the research literature , gay men display significant rates of body dissatisfaction, body image disturbances, and disordered eating behavior to a degree that closely aligns with those of straight women. Gay men are more likely to diet, fast, vomit, and over-exercise to alter their physique, and a gay sexual orientation has been identified as a specific risk factor for eating disorders in men. And, to be fair, we come by our physical preoccupation naturally.
In a gay club, the picture is similar, but turbo-charged. There are so many products. Hair spray, mousse, wet-look gel and powder promising that tousled surfer look. Often, the queue to wash your hands is endlessly drawn out by people preening in the mirror. Body image is an issue for many men, regardless of sexuality.