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Body Image. 2012 Jan;9(1):118-25. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2011.10.003. Epub 2011 Nov 29.

A qualitative study of body image and appearance among men of Chinese ancestry in Australia.

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School of Psychology, Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia.


Little is known about the body image of non-White men living in Western countries, even though it has been suggested that they may be more at risk of body image concerns, especially if they internalize Western ideals. This study focused on identifying the main body image and appearance themes among 15 men of Chinese ancestry in Australia using semi-structured interviews and grounded theory. Moderate muscularity was the preferred ideal and height dissatisfaction was shown to be the primary concern. The majority was not invested in achieving muscularity and had a "holistic" approach to their body image that included concerns about hairstyling and clothing. In addition, the men were influenced by both Asian and Western ideals, and this included comparison targets with both Asian and Western men. Further studies are needed to assess the extent of men's body image and appearance concerns, and the role played by Asian and Western influences.

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