THE BODY SUR­VEY

We asked 1,000 gay and bi­sex­ual men about their bod­ies. What they’d change, what they love and to what lengths they’d go to get the ‘per­fect’ body – if such a thing even ex­ists, that is. Then we tal­lied the re­sults and asked the ex­perts so that we can now

GT (UK) - - CON­TENTS - WORDS RYAN BUTCHER

The old adage goes that we only have one body, so we should make it last a life­time.

And some of us do. Some of us spend so many hours in the gym we prac­ti­cally live there, ton­ing ev­ery nook and cranny, spend­ing our heard-earned cash on the lat­est whey pro­tein in­fused what­ever.

Some of us, if we’re be­ing hon­est, could per­haps look af­ter our­selves a lit­tle bet­ter. Fewer pints here, fewer take­aways there, and maybe even a morn­ing jog ev­ery once in a while.

The point is though, prac­ti­cally all of us are think­ing about how we look. Ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of our sur­vey, any­way, which found that a mas­sive 90% of gay and bi­sex­ual men – that’s you lot – think about their size and shape quite reg­u­larly.

But as you’ll see from the next few pages, we’re per­haps not think­ing too pos­i­tively. More than half of us say that gay men, in gen­eral, have a poor body im­age. And only a quar­ter of us are con­fi­dent with the way that we look.

We want to say now, for the record, that this sur­vey hasn’t come about to judge any­one, or make any­one feel bad about the way they look. Our re­la­tion­ship with our bod­ies is one of the most com­pli­cated we’ll have in our life­time, and the only way to make it bet­ter is to have a greater un­der­stand­ing of how we – and ev­ery­one else – re­ally feels. Hope­fully our ex­perts, with their sage ad­vice and anal­y­sis, will help squelch any hangups you might have, or help you feel bet­ter about any you’ve had in the past.

But what’s im­por­tant here is to get you lot think­ing and talk­ing about your­selves.

So it’s time for GT to re­veal the facts – like never be­fore – about what gay and bi­sex­ual men RE­ALLY think about about their bod­ies...

The old adage goes that we only have one body, so we should make it last a life­time.

And some of us do. Some of us spend so many hours in the gym we prac­ti­cally live there, ton­ing ev­ery nook and cranny, spend­ing our heard-earned cash on the lat­est whey pro­tein in­fused what­ever.

Some of us, if we’re be­ing hon­est, could per­haps look af­ter our­selves a lit­tle bet­ter. Fewer pints here, fewer take­aways there, and maybe even a morn­ing jog ev­ery once in a while.

The point is though, prac­ti­cally all of us are think­ing about how we look. Ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of our sur­vey, any­way, which found that a mas­sive 90% of gay and bi­sex­ual men – that’s you lot – think about their size and shape quite reg­u­larly.

But as you’ll see from the next few pages, we’re per­haps not think­ing too pos­i­tively. More than half of us say that gay men, in gen­eral, have a poor body im­age. And only a quar­ter of us are con­fi­dent with the way that we look.

We want to say now, for the record, that this sur­vey hasn’t come about to judge any­one, or make any­one feel bad about the way they look. Our re­la­tion­ship with our bod­ies is one of the most com­pli­cated we’ll have in our life­time, and the only way to make it bet­ter is to have a greater un­der­stand­ing of how we – and ev­ery­one else – re­ally feels. Hope­fully our ex­perts, with their sage ad­vice and anal­y­sis, will help squelch any hangups you might have, or help you feel bet­ter about any you’ve had in the past.

But what’s im­por­tant here is to get you lot think­ing and talk­ing about your­selves.

So it’s time for GT to re­veal the facts – like never be­fore – about what gay and bi­sex­ual men RE­ALLY think about about their bod­ies...

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