Interesting article, but there seem to be two main reasons why I'd have a different perspective than others here:
1. Those magazine articles that claim that men have more positive views of their bodies and aren't very upset by weight gain are true, at least in my case. I may have been in denial because I hadn't realized that I had a "spare tire" all around my waist until I was in a dressing room with mirrors all around and I saw the back of me. But even though I was shocked, I wasn't upset enough to do anything about it.
2. I spent most of my life underweight because I was unable to gain weight no matter how much I tried. I often made myself sick drinking weight-gain shakes and gain-weight meals; I always exercised at home and also went to gyms -- I gave up trying in my early 30s. So, when I finally did gain weight, it was a pleasant surprise -- until I couldn't stop it.
So, I didn't grow up with a bad image of myself as unfit or overweight; if anything, I was always too skinny -- until I hit my mid-40s.
Throughout everything, including now, I always chose to walk and I have a lot of energy, so I don't feel unfit. If there are younger people walking with me, they'll often complain that we're walking too much, or too fast -- so, I'd figure that I must be doing well for my age.
And, many times, usually in a Teacher's Break Room in one school or another, people would tell me about their aches and pains, their new medication, and then struggle to get up from their chairs while telling me "Wait till you get to my age" -- and then I'd find out that they were younger than me. So, that would also make me think that I'm doing pretty well for my age -- and that was before I lost the excess weight.
So, now that I've gone down from 180 to almost 140, I still feel that I'm doing pretty well for my age, and it's definitely true.
And although most of my "healthier lifestyle" would be SparkPeople-approved, I still have some "decadent" things I do/eat that I don't plan on changing.
I think it would be interesting if there were more males here to comment so we could compare and see if those magazine articles are true.
Maybe some of the ladies can ask their husbands about it (if you think it'll make you wind-up in Divorce Court, don't do it
| current weight: 140.0