Meet Noah DeBiase and this is his body story, in His Own Words.
I was so pleased that Noah wanted to share his story, I have been writing this blog for almost 3 years now and seldom do I run across a man (is not a dancer)who will admit, much less talk about his body image issues. That is not to say that they don’t have them, that they do not suffer just as women do, it’s just that well…You see, men generally don’t talk about these sorts of things. The t’ruth is men are trained not to express their feelings, especially those of inadequacy or vulnerability (which spell body issues). The other reason is that women have more or less commandeered the subject. True, women do tend to bare the brunt of the burden, the commercial beauty industry focuses on women as does the fashion industry. Yes young girls and women alike are killing themselves, mutilating themselves, putting themselves in debt to be thinner, sexier, and fashionable to boot. And yes it is an epidemic that is ubiquitous. Well men are not exempt or immune from suffering from such pressures. Think of GQ and Men’s Health Magazine, Channing Tatum and the Magic Mike dudes with the pics of ripped oiled abs in the low slung jeans or boxer briefs (sounds delicious…focus focus) that takes it toll, albeit in a different way or with a different intensity then it does in women.
The fact of the matter is, men can still be considered hot, attractive, or sexy with a bald head, a tire around the middle, grey hair and a giggly butt (ok when I write it out like that it doesn’t sound so hot), but if that man is really rich, or just has a decent to good job, is super funny, it won’t be held against him. We are all well aware of the societal double standard but it’s existence does not mean that men don’t feel some pressure to look, or be a certain way. This is just one of the reasons why Noah’s story was so compelling to me, it highlighted where the gender divergences lay.
Here is Noah, In His Words…
Hear about Noah’s dysmorphic perception as a teen, his 50lbs. weight gain, how is friends saw him, how his girlfriend reacted and what prompted his decision to do something about it.
Hear how Noah took of the first 30 pounds in an extreme way (in the interview he make a discovery about himself). He talks about the ramifications to mistreating his body, and the way he achieved balance!