Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Pecs Appeal

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Pecs Appeal

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Byline: By Sarah Ivison Evening Gazette

Teenage brothers Jonathan, Robbie and David Drake have a healthy attitude to their looks.

They love sport, play football and go running most days.

So the shape of their bodies is based on having fun and keeping fit.

According to new research, that's the perfect way to do it.

"It's the 'Beckham body beautiful' effect," says Michelle Garnett, editor of the teen mag that commissioned a survey into teen boy body image.

"Boys are comparing themselves to celebrity male role models well-known for their fabulous physiques, who trade on their good looks.

"It hasn't escaped teenage boys how much 'pecs appeal' stars like Beckham have and the attention they get from girls is ultra-desirable."

The survey found boys are into dying their hair, using mascara and eyeliner ( and would happily have a nick and tuck to look good when they get older.

Which isn't exactly the way Teesside teenagers Jonathan, 16, Robbie, 14, and David, 12, would do it.

They live with mum Jan and dad Jeff in Ingleby Barwick, and have a very healthy attitude to their bodies ( based on keeping fit.

Youngest brother David admits: "I would say I was too skinny. When I'm older I think it would be great to have a six pack. But I don't look in the mirror every day.

"I think men who have plastic surgery are pretty stupid, no way would I have it done when I'm older."

David showers twice a day and takes ten to 15 minutes getting ready for school. "Yes, I look good in my school uniform," says David.

"My dad looks good for his age and though I wouldn't like to look like him, I think he looks good for his age!"

David reckons he has a healthy diet and makes sure he gets at least four portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

"My friends and I talk about Green Day and their look and I think it's fine for men to dye their hair, but they wear eyeliner and I don't think men should," he says.

Robbie at 14, rates his body shape "normal to skinny".

"Yeah I would maybe like a six-pack," he admits. "But I think it would be hard to get one! I'm happy with my weight and height and don't compare it to other people's. …

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