It’s hard to recall a time that weight loss and diets have come up in conversation between myself and my close group of friends, and believe me its not as though we’re too busy conversing on social issues or the economic climate; they do exist, but why don’t we ever talk about them?

It strangely seems as though it’s much more socially acceptable for men to have a weight problem, or that’s the way it comes off when you see media outlets coming up with new names like the “dad bod” to describe men with a much rounder shape, and the fat and lazy male character being the comic relief in tv and movies. But what may be surprising is that men can be just as insecure about their bodies as women. Now I am not diminishing the pressure women are under to keep up with the ridiculous societal view on beauty, but us men have our own standards that seem to be pushed upon us.

In a world where the top ten highest grossing movies every year are mostly complied of the superhero genre where muscle bound men beat seven bells out of each other, it’s hard for us men to not get a complex. Now I enjoy these movies as much as anyone, but you can’t ignore that every film must always meet one specification; to feature the main actor in at least one scene without his shirt or something that clings so tightly it couldn’t fit a child, where we, the audience can see every muscle and vein in full view. Even in 2017’s Logan we get a shot of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine struggling to put on his shirt, so we can see all the work he has put into the gym for the past year, despite the actor portraying a much older and even slowly dying version of the character.

With men’s magazines featuring the current A-list hunk showing off his 8 pack and pectoral muscles on the front cover along with laughable claims surrounding them in bold text “Drop 5kgs Now!”, “Six pack abs: see results in just 9 days,” I am talking about you Men’s Health. Men don’t like to talk to one another when it comes to body problems as it goes against the social norm. I myself am guilty of doing the same. I have never once confided in a friend about my insecurities or admitted to taking hours to find the shirt that makes my stomach or love handles the least bit obvious before a night out. Men’s social groups are, in my experience, the only place where pointing out someone’s weight is viewed as “banter” rather than an insult, and I hold my hands up in guilt once again for participating in this weird culture.

The clear majority of men don’t want to be overweight, even if we are given more of a pass compared to women. We want to lead healthy lives and be viewed as attractive when we venture outside. The aim of the JSF Health Coaching is to give somebody who can’t talk about their weight a safe place with one-to-one personal health coaching, or by joining a group of likeminded people in the workshops. We are all battling our own insecurities, be it weight, an illness or a desire to be the fittest. The JSF programmes offer you a place where you can work through your issues independently, or by supporting each other.

Have you considered joining the JSF Health Coaching programme and making 2018 the year that you transform your health and so much more?

All programmes are completely confidential and tailored to the individual’s goals and lifestyle choice. We cover a range of health issues. For the weight management service offered, click here!