Mohey Mowafy (HPER) presented "Body Image and Boys" at the annual symposium of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP), which was held in Chicago from Aug. 14 to 20.
Mowafy said the literature is literally crowded with research on the topic of body image and its role in the etiology of eating disorders in females. But little attention is given to the traumatic experiences adolescent boys may have with respect to their body image, especially in light of the fact that marketing and the media constantly display a most unrealistic ideal for the physical appearance of young males. "Recent findings are alarming with respect the increased level of body dissatisfaction amongst males, especially adolescent males, and eating disorders professionals need to develop an understanding of the phenomena and marshal the skills to work with young males in a holistic approach not unlike that followed for female clients," he said. Mowafy is a registered dietician and is also certified by the American College of Nutrition and the IAEDP as an eating disorders specialist.