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Among my friends, I don’t know anyone who finds a body beyond the boundaries of good health attractive. To be underweight or overweight — as defined by folks involved in medicine, not in tabloids — is unattractive, isn’t cause for celebration, and will probably lead to more cause for alarm than pick-up lines. But what are we doing to convey that argument, the more healthful argument, the constructive argument, as opposed to the one that says girls should avoid being fat at all costs?

I would like to be able to answer this question with, “a lot!” and then exhibit a number of examples of men — especially young men — taking the initiative to promote healthy body image but I just don’t know of any. This isn’t to say that such efforts don’t exist; I’m certain they do and I would love to be connected with them. But, on the surface at least, it seems that my demographic is part of the problem.

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