QUEER VOICES
01/27/2013 09:33 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Gay Men And Body Image: An Expert Sounds Off

Bad body image is not a plight reserved for heterosexual women.

"I am so sick of my body. I lift weights every day; I eat protein shakes and do everything my trainer says ... and I'm still too skinny!" I pause wondering how to respond.

To show that I understand his angst, I want to assure him that being skinny is a good thing; he should be happy he isn't overweight; he's only 24. But before I can respond, he asks "How old were you when you finally started bulk up?" exclaming, "I hate the way I look! I need more muscle definition in order to get a boyfriend."

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