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This beard is the only evidence I have that November happened. Other than that, it didn’t exist. Like seriously what happened to this month? #Movember #timeisfleeting #selfie
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Call me a stan, but I couldn’t resist making this…
A video I made about an important LGBT issue that needs way more visibility. Reblog and spread the word.
Here is a copy of the feature article I referenced in my YouTube video, Gay Body Image | Eating Disorders. All of the names have been changed in order to maintain anonymity. Also, the rhetoric/formatting is a bit dry since the goal of the class was to write as fundamentally as possible.
The Gay Body Image
By David Levitz
As far as Joe Smith is concerned, it is commonly accepted that “straight skinny is gay fat.” In other words, a healthy weight to heterosexual people is most often seen as overweight among gay men.
“I feel bad every time I eat a doughnut,” Smith, a gay 23-year-old, said. “Every deviance from eating healthy is a complete disaster.”
Smith’s attitude reflects a trend: The percentage of eating disorder diagnoses involving homosexual men is more than 10 times higher than that of heterosexual men, according to a recent Boynton Health Service survey.
“I think there’s sort of a generalized assumption that men who identify as gay or bisexual are more likely to struggle with an eating disorder,” said Kelly Winter, the community outreach coordinator at The Emily Program Foundation, a Minneapolis research and treatment center for eating disorders.
Boynton’s survey, based on data taken from 2007-2011, found that 4.3 percent of homosexual males had been diagnosed with an eating disorder in their lifetime compared to 0.4 percent of heterosexual males.
Being gay is not predictive of having an eating disorder, Winter said, but it can increase the risk since body image concerns are more prevalent in the gay community.
A study published by the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology found that the relationship between peer pressure and body dissatisfaction was more pronounced among homosexual men.
Brandon Finnick, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota who identifies as gay, said that he has experienced peer pressure in what he called the “meat market of gay hook-up culture.”
“There’s very much a concept of ‘body typing’ in the gay culture,” Finnick said, adding that gay men use terms such as “twink” and “bear” to label other men’s bodies. “A lot of my body shame has come from other people.”
Another source of unhealthy body image is the entertainment media’s depiction of gay men, which enforces the stereotype of being very muscular with a low percentage of body fat, Finnick said.
“It’s hard to find gay culture media,” Finnick said, “and it’s even harder to find gay culture media that doesn’t play into stereotypes.”
Jeremy Young, senior psychologist at University of Minnesota Counseling and Consulting Services, said the key factor connected to eating disorders in the gay community is personal emotional trauma.
“We need to make explicit the link between trauma and eating disorders,” Young said. “When I’ve worked with gay men who are struggling with eating disorders, they will invariably talk about some earlier trauma that they’ve experienced.”
A study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders found that homosexual men had greater discomfort with sexual orientation and higher levels of general distress.
Young said that because gay men face homophobia and heterosexism, they generally feel as though they have less control of their lives, which leads them to develop eating disorders.
“The stigma around being a gay man in our society is a significant contributor,” Young said. “One of the functions of an eating disorder is control, and people who have gone through trauma need to control whatever they can.”
Treatment centers that focus specifically on gay patients could help to eliminate the issue, Young said.
“[Gay men] are a population of interest among the people doing research,” Young said about finding more unique treatment methods. “We just have so much to learn.”
The University of Minnesota’s Queer Student Cultural Center held a pool party titled “Our Beautiful Bodies” in late April to promote healthy body image in the queer community, University student Sean Pollock said.
Pollock, a junior who works at the Queer Student Cultural Center, said “Our Beautiful Bodies” mostly attracted people who were already comfortable with their own bodies, but that these guests provided support for the few attendees who were not as confident.
Despite efforts made by student groups like the Queer Student Cultural Center, awareness about eating disorders in the gay community still has room to grow, said Smith, who volunteers with The Emily Program Foundation and said he has struggled with eating disorders.
“I think that among gay men there needs to be more of a discussion,” Smith said.
The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty is one example of the media’s efforts to raise awareness about females with eating disorders, but Smith said that gay men have yet to become part of the discussion.
“There really isn’t a campaign like that for men,” Smith said. “People need to become more comfortable with talking about it amongst gay males. As soon as we get a more open and honest dialogue about it, we can start to fix the problem.”
May 9, 2013
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