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Yet the above scenario is one faced by thousands of British boys and it seems that because they aren’t talking about it, neither are we. I know because I've travelled the UK, teaching body image and self-esteem lessons, gleaning anecdotal evidence from more than 30,000 UK teenagers of both genders. Because contrary to popular belief body image and self-esteem concerns are not solely the remit of girls.
The emotional needs of young women have (quite rightly) been discussed at length by experts, journalists and politicians over the past five years.
When Ben Ellman, 26, moved to NYC in 2015 and fired up his Tinder and Ok Cupid profiles, he was expecting to meet a bevy of compatible women.
Instead, the 5-foot-9 journalist was swiped left by matches because of his height — or lack thereof.
He's probably unaware that taken in excess protein shakes can cause liver failure, energy drinks can induce heart attacks and whey powders mimic oestrogen in the body, so while pecs grow larger, sperm count is reduced and infertility risked.
I’m not by any stretch suggesting that gyms don’t fulfil a useful function in a society where most of us are worryingly sedentary, or that all personal trainers have this kind of sinister agenda.
He estimates that for every 50 women he expressed interest in, only one would swipe right on him.As someone who regularly attends meetings at Parliament to discuss ways in which the Government can help young people navigate the toxic culture we have created for them, I often find myself wanting to scream when it is assumed we are only there to discuss the vulnerabilities of a female demographic.Make no mistake, a beauty and fitness industry which has relentlessly pursued the male market over the past decade, coupled with the increasingly visual nature of a society which communicates almost exclusively via the net, has taken its toll on young men.The study’s co-author, Jessica Strubel, says this gender imbalance could be due to a numbers game.“We don’t know causality of these results, but one possible factor is that there are more male Tinder users than female Tinder users,” Strubel, an assistant professor at the university, tells The Post.