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Half Of Gay Men Unhappy With Their Bodies And Turning To Surgery, Survey Reveals

10/04/2015 09:48 BST | Updated 10/04/2015 09:59 BST

Half of gay and bisexual men suffer body confidence issues, a shocking new survey has revealed.

Out of 1,110 men questioned, 50% say they were unhappy with their body and two-thirds said that they think about their body size and shape on a daily basis, if not all the time.

What's even more startling was that nearly a third of men have undergone a surgical or non-invasive procedure to improve their looks.

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The study on body image was carried out by Gay Times.

It found that nearly three out of five (59%) feel that gay and bisexual men are under pressure to look the same as adverts featuring models with chiselled abs.

Of the men questioned, 30% said they have had botox, 23% have tried laser hair removal and 17% liposuction.

The poll also revealed that the pressure to stay slim has led a quarter (25%) to try diet pills while 10% have taken laxatives to help lose weight and 15% have tried making themselves vomit after meals.

Dr Anita Sturnham told the magazine: "We are all more interested in our appearance than we like to admit.

"I don't think that this is an indication of vanity, however. I think modern society is very driven by image and beauty and therefore having concern about one's appearance is quite normal and understandable."

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In an interview with Out Magazine, drag queen and RuPaul's Drag Race finalist, Courtney Act emphasised the issues surrounding body image within the LGBT community: "Gay men have all sorts of body image issues, which I definitely know now living in West Hollywood.

"Facebook is just white, topless, muscular gay man after muscular gay man. For years I was clinging to this image of a man - I wanted to look like a DNA underwear model," she said.

But in the end she realised that it's not just about having a six-pack and masculine body.

"I just realised I was completely comfortable with being a feminine kind of boy," she revealed. "Like, 'Oh, you know, you don't have a six-pack and you're not an underwear model, and that's okay'.

"It was a nice little moment for me."

The full survey on body image can be read in this month's issue of Gay Times or online at www.gtdigi.co.uk.

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