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Men’s Body Image and the Drive for Muscularity, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Ottawa, Ontario
October 4, 2011

12:00-13:00 p.m.
Associates in Psychiatry Auditorium, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, 1145 Carling Ave

This lecture will be available over the Ontario Telemedecine Network.

Presenter: Donald R. McCreary, PhD; Resilience Group, Defence R&D Canada – Toronto; Adjunct Professor of Psychology (Brock, Carleton, & York Universities)

For decades, researchers and clinicians assumed that, because men and boys were less concerned about their weight, dieted less, and were much less likely than women and girls to be diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia nervosa, they were happy with their bodies. However, beginning in the late 1990s, one important issue became salient to researchers: the social standard of bodily attractiveness for men is based on the muscular mesomorphic frame, also known as the muscular ideal. Thus, when they began asking men and boys about their drive for muscularity, as opposed to their drive for thinness, they found that men and boys reported significant concerns. Today’s talk will outline the drive for muscularity, including a focus on definitional issues, measurement, media concerns, and psychosocial antecedents and consequences. The clinical implications of the drive for muscularity, often referred to as muscle dysmorphia, also will be discussed.

For more information and to RSVP, please call (613) 722-6521 x6270 or 1 (877) 683-4403 or e-mail

Light refreshments will be provided. You are welcome to bring your lunch.