Being You: The Body Image Book for Boys

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Cambridge University Press
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7.1 X 10.9 X 0.51 inches | 1.5 pounds
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About the Author

Dr. Charlotte Markey is Professor of Psychology and Founding Director of the Health Sciences Center at Rutgers University, Camden. She is a world-leading expert in body image research, having studied body image, eating behaviour and weight management for over twenty-five years. Through all her roles as a scientist, teacher, writer and parent she is passionate about understanding what makes us feel good about our bodies and helping others to develop a healthy body image. Dr Markey is the author of four books, including The Body Image Book for Girls (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Her research has gained widespread media attention, having been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Economist, ABC News and Time Magazine.
Dr. Daniel Hart is a developmental psychologist and distinguished professor of psychology at Rutgers University, Camden, and has studied and worked with adolescents and young adults for more than 30 years. He has written several books, including Becoming Men. Dan is passionate about understanding factors that lead to healthy development, especially when young people experience disadvantaged upbringings.
Douglas Zacher, M.A., is currently studying for a doctorate in public affairs at Rutgers University, Camden, where he is also a part-time lecturer teaching psychology classes. He has a long-standing interest in issues around mental health, eating, education, and public policy, and he conducted many of the interviews that appear in this book.


'The Body Image Book for Boys contains every single piece of information that doctors and experts want teenage boys to know- but rarely get the chance to tell them... Delivered with a thoughtful, empathetic, and intelligent tone, and filled with detailed, evidence-based content, this book is ideal for boys who are hungry for knowledge about what is happening in their bodies, and how best to look after their physical and mental health. The authors communicate complex issues and information in interesting and detailed ways. They dispel the myths, and share the stories of numerous adolescent boys with a range of different attitudes toward, or experiences of, their bodies. This book covers such a wide range of topics - the physical, the emotional, and everything in between. Strongly recommend.' Dr Zali Yager, Executive Director, The Body Confident Collective
'In Being You: The Body Image Book for Boys, we finally publicly recognize that boys are just as privy to societal standards for unrealistic, perfect bodies and the pressure to still try to conform. Finally, we give boys the tools to recognize these problems and find solutions for themselves and peers. This book is jam-packed with the basics boys need to know about their physical and mental health as well as the red flag behaviors and conditions to watch out for. It translates research and terminology into understandable concepts, along with quotes from professionals and stories from older adolescents. Many patients that I've seen in my Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine training would have greatly benefited from this book and I am excited for the boys I get to recommend it to very soon.' Rebekah Fenton, MD, Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Fellow, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
'This is a terrific book which frankly and kindly guides adolescent boys to develop a positive body image in terms of what they can't change, what they can indeed learn to do, and the wisdom and self-compassion to learn the difference. With a skilful blend of definitions and explanations, plus advice from experts and a diverse set of adolescent boys and young men, the authors deftly transform scientific research findings into practical advice that respects the desires, needs, stressors, and appearance concerns of adolescent boys. Parents, grandparents, pediatricians, teachers, clergy, and others would also benefit from this book so that they are prepared to challenge the many sociocultural messages that make it all too easy for boys to use the petri dish of toxic masculinity to cultivate a negative body image and other unhealthy habits.' Michael P. Levine, Ph.D., FAED, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Kenyon College
'The ultimate handbook to help boys navigate puberty and develop a healthy body image. Packed full of practical and evidence-based advice on diet, fitness, and mental health, it addresses boys' body image concerns head-on. A must read. Being You will help boys appreciate they have more to offer the world than how they look.' Judi Craddock, author of The Little Book of Body Confidence
'This book gives boys the crucial skills and language to talk about - and hopefully improve - the relationship they have with their bodies. These conversations are often taboo for both men and boys, but this book provides the necessary roadmap to tackle them in a compassionate and productive way. In short, this book is a must for anyone trying to support the young boys and men in their lives.' Jeffrey Hunger, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Psychology, Department of Psychology, Miami University, Ohio
'Teen boys face immense body image pressures from social media and peers now more than ever, but these important issues are rarely acknowledged or discussed. Being You: The Body Image Book for Boys is an invaluable resource designed for boys to promote a positive body image based on the latest scientific evidence, expert advice, and real-life stories.' Jason Nagata, MD, University of California, San Francisco
'Finally, a book dedicated to the experience of boys and body image. It's not just an issue that impacts girls, in fact, anyone with a body has a sense of their own body image. Drs Markey, Hart and Zacher write about the unique experiences of boys and men and their relationship with their bodies such as feeling the pressure to be lean and muscular. The scientific research presented is supported by the stories of real boys and men in their own voices making the content highly relatable. There is a range of great tips to help boys improve their sense of body image as well as encouragement to become the changemakers in promoting positive body image in society more generally. A highly useful resource for boys and everyone who supports them.' Dr Gemma Sharp, Senior Research Fellow & Clinical Psychologist, Leader, Body Image Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Monash University
'Dr. Markey has done it again! An excellent companion book to her body image book for girls with chapters covering the critical body image issues that boys would want to know: puberty, how they can take care of their bodies, and eating. The coverage of related mental health issues like bullying and self-compassion makes for a well-rounded volume of how boys can learn to be their best selves. Body image and eating issues are increasing for boys, and need more attention from researchers, parents, and media. This much-needed book helps guide boys through body image issues in a way that is fun, engaging, and specific to boys' needs and concerns. It's beautifully illustrated and highly readable, and features real life stories from boys and expert advice. Give the boys in your life a gift they deserve - buy this book!' Dr Meghan Gillen, Associate Professor of Psychology, Penn State Abington
'Parents who have been asking for ways to support their sons' body image have a new resource to share with their adolescents. Being You meets boys where they are and offers research, personal stories, and practical guidance for navigating the confusing messages young men receive from the culture. This book also serves as a much-needed conversation-starter for families about what it means to take care of your authentic self, inside and out.' Oona Hanson, Educator and Parent Coach
'Being You dispels the myth of body image only being a concern for girls and provides an excellent, insightful analysis of the nature of body image concerns among boys, as well as what causes these concerns. The book adopts a positive approach to body, exploring how boys can engage in healthy physical activity and eating so that they experience physical and mental health. From stories to expert advice, to useful tips to address concerns that are unique to boys, the book is clearly well researched and written in an accessible way for boys, their parents, teachers and others who work with boys. A wonderful book that will be a central resource to all who are interested in ensuring that boys grow up to be healthy and well-adjusted men.' Professor Marita McCabe PhD FAPS FCCLP FCHP, Research Professor and Team Leader, Health and Ageing Research Group, Swinburne University
'What a great resource for boys! As a society, we don't spend enough time talking to boys about positive body image and healthy development. This book provides boys and their families with powerful, evidence-based information and advice about how to take care of themselves and their bodies physically and psychologically during the teen years. It is engaging and fun and provides stories from real boys and young men as well as advice from experts. I wholeheartedly recommend it!' Elizabeth Daniels, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director of the MA Program in Psychological Science, Director of the Undergraduate Honors Program, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
'A big shout out to Being You! This is the book we need right now to help boys navigate the increasingly difficult terrain of maturing into men. The punchy, graphical format makes it a good fit for today's adolescent attention spans. The authors wisely place body image in wider contexts, ranging from unrealistic social media images of ripped men to the perils of diet fads to the need to challenge confined definitions of masculinity itself. Boys will be better boys thanks to this book!' Ed Frauenheim, co-author of Reinventing Masculinity: The Liberating Power of Compassion and Connection
'With suicide rates surging for preteen and teenage boys - yet another painful sign of their feeling trapped by impossible pressures - and the top 15 causes of premature mortality predominantly male, how they relate to their bodies plainly matters. In their colorful, evidence-based, and wonderfully accessible book, the authors bring wisdom, compassion, and even humor to a subject that has been shrouded in myth for generations. For parents, educators and coaches who understand that integrity begins with how well a child cares for himself, an attitude learned - or not - early in life, I heartily recommend this book.' Michael C. Reichert, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives, University of Pennsylvania
'An excellent resource for adolescents and their family on an important but often overlooked issue - male body image. The book provides evidence-informed breakdown of what body image is, the contributing factors to positive vs negative body image during adolescence, and how to improve body image. It balances informative aspects with practical tips and activities to try at home. Descriptions are written in an easy-to-follow and concise manner, engaging the reader and facilitating understanding. Timely inclusion of quotes from experts and from adolescents themselves flesh out the key concepts described in the book. With body image issues placed nicely within the context of typical development, it is well suited as a resource for all adolescent boys and not just those who harbor extreme levels of body image concerns.' Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Ph.D., Group Leader, Data Sciences, Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, School of Psychology, Faculty of Health, Deakin University
'This book is as helpful as it is overdue! Kids of all genders have questions and concerns about body image but for some reason, boys have historically been left out of this conversation. Finally there is a resource for them - and the adults raising them - to normalize their concerns and answer their questions. Clear, well-researched, and easy to read.' Cara Natterson, M.D., Pediatrician, New York Times bestselling author, and founder of puberty lifestyle company OOMLA