I have a body, you have a body. In fact everybody has a body! Along with this, we all have perceptions, thoughts and feelings about our own body, as well as perhaps, the bodies of other people. So if everyone has a body, and an image of that body, why do we so often consider body image to be a female concern?

My name is Candice and I am a PhD student studying body image and related wellbeing. In particular, my research looks at social representations and understanding of body image in relation to the adolescent male. Whilst there is an ever expanding body of academic literature surrounding this subject, social identification of body image as a gender neutral topic appears lacking. It is my intention to change this through a participatory action based project. This project will not be reported and discussed solely within academic papers, but documented here for the very people (that is EveryBODY) the research is with and for!