A few days ago, there was an interesting news story on NPR about cultural differences and male perceptions of body image between East and West.
The research conducted by a Harvard-affiliated hospital finds that Western men (men in America and Europe) are more obsessed with their bodies, in particular, their muscularity, and they (wrongly) assume that women share the same sentiment. While in reality most women prefer ordinary-looking male bodies. The same research finds that Taiwanese men are more accurate in depicting the bodies women desire most, and that they are not as dissatisfied with their bodies as Western men.
Listen on if you are interested:
Cultural Differences Seen in Male Perceptions of Body Image
What’s your take on this?