new images from zac efron (opens in new tab)latest movie, iron clawReleased this week.
In the movie, high school musical The actor plays former pro wrestler Kevin Von Erich and documents the “rise and fall” of his career.
The first-look paparazzi images have garnered a lot of attention on social media — but, sadly, not just because people are excited to see the film.
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Instead, many people have started commenting on the actor’s appearance in the film, comparing him to characters like Lord Farquad in the film. shrek Franchisee.
Some media outlets have dubbed his look “shocking”, with one fan sharing on Twitter: “Lamao he looks like the Hulk from the 80s [sic] I’m screaming why Zac Efron looks like this RN”.
toxic body image standards (opens in new tab) Don’t just impress women — far from it — and this week’s comments only prove how anyone can be subject to unnecessary and unfair scrutiny about their appearance.
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A study by Calm last year found that nearly half of men (48%) suffer from mental health problems (opens in new tab) directly related to their body image, and it is worth remembering that in the UK more men under the age of 50 die by suicide (opens in new tab)than anyone else.
Granted, Efron works in the public eye, but when did it become a hall pass for sharing negativity online?
The star has been candid about her struggle with body image issues in the past — during filming Baywatch In 2017, he was suffering from symptoms of depression (opens in new tab) After losing weight for the role. Again, in 2020, after changing his appearance during the lockdown, he was under intense media scrutiny.
on your Baywatch change, he said men’s Health Magazine: “Needed Lasix, the potent diuretic, to get it off. I got into very bad depression for a long time. Something about that experience made me burn out. I had a really hard time re-focusing Felt. Ultimately they made it up to taking too many diuretics for too long, and it messed something up.”
It’s worth noting here that taking diuretics to achieve a certain body type is never advised and, as Efron highlights, can pose some serious physical and mental health risks.
While women have come under more scrutiny than men in the past, as we are moving in the right direction with regard to self love (opens in new tab) and realistic body image standards, it’s important to remember to be kind – All gender
After all, we’re all human, and it’s pointless to create a compassionate world for one gender if we start scrutinizing the other genders instead.
In case you were inspired by the topics in this article, the eating disorder charity Beat’s helpline is open 365 days. In England, call 0808 801 0677 or email [email protected]