Aug 142014

Women are not the only people who worry about how they look. Research has found that men are also concerned about their body image – meaning that men worry about their physical appearance or how they think other people view them.
But where does the pressure to look good come from – and what should men really do to feel good about their bodies? Two handsome men, Rob and Finn, discuss the subject and look at some words related to body image.

In a survey by the University of the West of England, what percentage of men said they were unhappy about their body?
a) 20%
b) 55%
c) 80%


Vocabulary and definitions
body image: how you feel about your physical appearance or how you think other people view you
workout: a period of physical exercise
handsome: physically attractive (often used for men)
vanity: being too interested in yourself and your appearance
perception: a particular way of how you think or understand something
pecs: large chest muscles (short for pectoral muscles)
beer belly: slang expression describing a fat stomach, often caused by drinking too much beer over a long period of time
muscle-enhancing: making muscles appear bigger
hunk: strong, muscly and attractive man
obese: being overweight or fat in a way that causes health problems
gimmick: something that is meant to impress but is not very useful
beauty is only skin deep: someone’s character is more important than how they look

6 Minute English – Men’s body image Transcript Video


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