Adonis Complex

We all have often heard of women and young girls going to extreme measures in order to achieve that perfect body but now it seems young boys are getting in the action. Have you heard of Adonis Complex? According to New York Times article, Muscular Body Image Lures Boys Into Gym, and Obsession, “…more than 40 percent of boys in middle school and high school said they regularly exercised with the goal of increasing muscle mass. Thirty-eight percent said they used protein supplements, and nearly 6 percent said they had experimented with steroids.” The article goes on to describe how the use of supplements and steroids can stunt the young boys growth but it seems many young people are not heeding the warning. With so many media attention on body image and what the opposite sex consider attractive there is even more pressure for boys as well as girls to do whatever it takes to be fit and that includes diet, excercise and supplements. Even the idea of a perfect woman has shifted from bodacious and voluptuous skinny but fit.”The model of feminine beauty is now more toned and fit and sculpted than it was a generation ago,” said Marla Eisenberg, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. It seems both sexes are willing to push their bodies to extreme in order to be perfect for each other. To read more of the article you can visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/19/health/teenage-boys-worried-about-body-image-take-risks.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2&ref=health.

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