Noel Fielding instructed the Sunday Occasions earlier this week that he “can’t put on weight” as a result of he will get extra work when he is thinner.
He later clarified his feedback however the brand new Nice British Bake Off host had lifted the lid on a giant concern.
The wonder requirements imposed on girls in media are nothing new, however the experiences of their male counterparts have usually been missed.
In recent times, extra male stars have spoken out about their struggles.
This week, Blue singer and stage actor Antony Costa spoke in regards to the fat-shaming abuse he confronted on social media and defined the pressures of showbusiness.
“Me as a bloke being on this enterprise, it is exhausting as a result of you have to sustain with the Joneses, you have to been seen to have the six pack.” he told ITV’s Lorraine.
In a 2016 survey of greater than 1,000 boys aged between eight and 18, 55% mentioned they’d take into account altering their weight-reduction plan to look higher and 23% mentioned they believed there was “an ideal male physique to attempt for”.
The survey additionally discovered that the 4 greatest sources of stress on secondary faculty boys to look good have been:
- Buddies (68%)
- Social media (57%)
- Promoting (53%)
- Celebrities (49%)
Regardless of the relentless stress that younger males can really feel from the media, the survey discovered that greater than half of the boys (56%) would discover it troublesome to speak to a instructor about their confidence and almost one-third (29%) would discover it troublesome speaking to their dad and mom about it.
Listed here are 9 male celebrities who’ve spoken out about physique picture and are calling on the media to alter their attitudes.
After dropping virtually 50lb in a yr, singer Sam Smith instructed NME magazine in October 2015 that damaging physique picture has been one thing he has struggled with since childhood.
“I nonetheless really feel pressured to look a sure approach,” he mentioned. “For ladies, the stress on this trade is horrendous and it is obtained to cease. However it’s the identical for guys, regardless that they will not talk about it.”
He continued: “I need to be a voice for that: simply because I’ve misplaced weight does not imply that I am pleased and content material with my physique. Due to the media, and due to what I really feel I ought to appear like, it is all the time going to be a battle in my head.”
Sure, you learn that proper! Actor Chris Pratt – who performs the gun-toting, butt-kicking, ripped Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy – has struggled with physique picture, too.
In a press convention for the movie in 2014, he mentioned: “I am positive I am unable to relate to what females undergo in Hollywood. I am positive I am unable to. However, I do know what it feels wish to eat emotionally, and… to be unhappy and make your self proud of meals.
“After which to be virtually instantly unhappy once more and now ashamed after which to attempt to cover these emotions with extra meals. I do know what that is like. It is a vicious cycle and it is a very actual factor.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2016, speak present host James Corden opened up about how he dealt along with his confidence at school.
He defined: “In case you’re large in school, you’ve got actually obtained two selections. You are going to be a goal. In case you go to high school and also you’re me, you go, ‘Proper, I am simply going to make myself an even bigger goal. My confidence, it’s going to terrify them.’ That is how I felt at school.”
Corden additionally touched on his frustrations on the way in which Hollywood represents bigger individuals.
He mentioned: “I might by no means perceive after I watch romantic comedies. The notion that for some cause unattractive or heavy individuals do not fall in love.
“In the event that they do, it is in some odd, kooky, roundabout approach – and it isn’t. It is precisely the identical.”
Jail Break actor Wentworth Miller opened up about his despair after being the topic of an web meme joke by The Lad Bible in 2016.
Miller wrote in a Facebook post: “In 2010, on the lowest level in my grownup life, I used to be trying in every single place for aid/consolation/distraction. And I turned to meals.”
He continued: “It might have been something. Medicine. Alcohol. Intercourse. However consuming grew to become the one factor I might look ahead to. Depend on to get me by means of”.
Alex Sharp starred alongside Lily Collins in Netflix drama To The Bone, which follows a lady’s therapy for anorexia.
When Collins’ character is admitted right into a restoration residence with six different sufferers, she meets Luke (performed by Sharp), the one male affected person in the home.
Talking to Broadway World about portraying a person battling an consuming dysfunction, Sharp mentioned: “It occurs quite a bit and I believe typically – as a result of it’s under-discussed and a taboo topic usually – when it’s mentioned it tends to be extra in regards to the feminine expertise, as a result of it’s extra prevalent, numerically.
“There had by no means been a illustration of that in a feature-length film. In order that was one thing I used to be very focused on doing.”
Iron Man 3 star Ashley Hamilton told People in 2013 that he had suffered from bulimia and anorexia since he was a young person and that he used medicine and alcohol to manage his meals habit.
“I have been free from bulimia for years however I nonetheless wrestle with meals, limiting or overeating. That is been the toughest for me in sobriety,” he admitted.
He continued: “It is virtually like drug habit is completely acceptable to speak about in Hollywood. However meals habit? No person desires to speak about that. It is actually shameful as a person to have that.”
The chart-topping singer told Planet Radio in a 2014 interview: “I used to be by no means actually proud of my picture after which I realised it was as a result of I used to be consuming fried meals and consuming beer daily. You do not have to kill your self by moving into form. Simply eat proper and do not drink daily.”
Commenting on physique picture pressures within the music trade, Sheeran mentioned: “There’s sufficient fats individuals within the trade and there is sufficient skinny individuals within the trade and there is sufficient ginger individuals within the trade.
“There’s sufficient of everybody within the trade, and often those that are not engaging are those that do one of the best.”
Earlier than starring in Orange is the brand new Black and Find out how to Get Away With Homicide, Matt McGorry was once a private coach and aggressive bodybuilder, which truly made him extra important of his physique.
When requested what we might do to alter the dialog round male physique points he told US TV show Today: “Once we lock our boys away from these emotions, not solely are they extra more likely to harm themselves however they’re additionally extra more likely to harm others and to be those who’re policing masculinity amongst different males.”
Regardless of being nominated as one of many world’s “sexiest males alive” in 2009, Twilight star Robert Pattinson has nonetheless admitted to feeling insecure.
In an interview with Australia’s Sunday Style magazine in 2013, the Twilight actor revealed he suffers from physique dysmorphia – an anxiousness dysfunction that causes an individual to have a distorted view of how they appear.
“I haven’t got a six-pack and I hate going to the health club. I have been like that my entire life. I by no means need to take my shirt off,” he mentioned.