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BBC六分钟英语听力精选:男人的身体形象

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大家好,欢迎收听BBC六分钟英语听力精选,我们将会给你带来各种各样的消息新闻,今天要说的是男人的身体形象的话题。
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Men's body image

男人的身体形象

不是只有女人才会注重自己的外表。有研究发现,男人也一样会很关心自己的身体形象,意思是男人会担心自己的体态或者别人对自己的看法。

但是看起来不错的压力是来自哪里的,而且怎样才能让男人真的感觉自己的体态不错呢?两位帅哥,Rob和Finn将会在节目里与大家一起讨论下这个话题,以及学习一些与身体形象相关的词汇。

本周问题:

在英国西部一所大学的研究调查中,因为自己的身形而感觉不高兴的男人的概率是多少呢?

a) 20%

b) 55%

c) 80%

让我们一起听节目,找答案吧。

听力原文:

Men's body image

NB: This is not a word for word transcript

Rob: Hello I'm Rob. Welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm joined today by Finn. Hi Finn.

Finn: Hello Rob.

Rob: Today we're talking about men's body image – that means how men feel about their physical appearance.

Finn: So it's not about fashion – the style of clothes they wear – it's about how they look physically and how they think other people view them. So come on Rob, how do you think I look?

Rob: Hmm… You want me to be honest?! You're a handsome chap really but you're a little skinny, maybe, you don't look like you 'work out' – you know, go to the gym – but look at me, I can't talk – I don't look too good either!

Finn: Oh come on Rob, I'm sure your wife thinks you look very handsome!

Rob: You'll have to ask her. Well before we explore this subject more and look at some related vocabulary, let's 'work out' with a question. It's about a survey on men's body image. In a survey by the University of the West of England, what percentage of men said they were unhappy about their body?

a) 20%

b) 55%

c) 80%

Finn: Well I think men are quite concerned about their body image so I'm going to say 80%.

Rob: We'll find out if you are right or wrong later. So let's talk more about body image. We probably know more about women worrying about things like their weight, size, and body shape.

Finn: But men also have bodily expectations – in other words, a view on how they think they should look. But where does this vanity come from?

Rob: Vanity – a good word, that's when you are too interested in yourself and especially interested in how you look – spending a lot of time in front of a mirror. I suppose it's from pressure or influence from people we see on TV or in magazines. People have a perception – or a belief – of what the perfect body should look like.

Finn: Yes, TV and magazines are full of pictures of men with perfect pecs – that's chest muscles – perfect hair and dazzling white teeth. A bit like Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Rob: Not my type! Whilst I like to look fit and healthy, big muscles don't suit me! The biggest thing I have at the moment is my beer belly – my stomach is getting a bit too fat – and that's something I'm not too proud of.

Finn: It's very impressive, Rob. Well some men cheat to try and achieve the perfect physique. They either take certain drugs or drink protein drinks.

Rob: And then there's a muscle-enhancing shirt – that's a padded shirt that you wear under your clothes that make you look more of a hunk – strong and muscly. Come on Finn, you must have one of those?

Finn: I'm wearing one right now, Rob. Not really! And Joe Warner, an author and former editor of Men's Fitness Magazine, thinks they are a waste of time. What word does he use to describe wearing a padded shirt – and what does he suggest men should really be doing to improve body image?

Joe Warner, author and former editor of Men's Fitness Magazine:

A lot of people now are obese, they are overweight – it's a real issue in the UK. And it's another one of these fitness and health gimmicks we see so much of, I think it's just a real shame people still want shortcuts when it doesn't take an awful lot of effort to get to the gym or go for a walk and men do need to take more exercise.

Rob: So Joe says many people in the UK are obese – they are too fat and it's dangerous to their health. But he describes trying to pretend to look good by wearing a padded shirt as a 'health and fitness gimmick'.

Finn: Yes, a gimmick is something that looks good, but is not really useful. And he says these health and fitness gimmicks are shortcuts to looking healthy. What's the real solution Rob?

Rob: Easy – do more exercise. Walk, run, cycle or go the gym. Of course body image is about how you think you look and how you think you should look – I think the best approach is to accept how you look: we don't want to all look the same anyway.

Finn: Wise words Rob. We shouldn't forget that beauty is only skin deep. So your character is much more important than your appearance.

Rob: A good idiom, but still men – and women – are concerned about their body image. And earlier I asked you, according to a survey, what percentage of men are worried?

Finn: I said c) 80%. Was I right?

Rob: You were right. The study by the University of the West of England found that 80% of men who responded, said they regularly had conversations about one another's bodies. And the biggest body issue for them was their beer bellies and lack of muscles. Well before I head off to the pub… I mean gym, could you remind us of some of the vocabulary we've heard today:

Finn: Yes, we heard:

body image

workout

handsome

vanity

perception

pecs

beer belly

muscle-enhancing

hunk

obese

gimmick

beauty is only skin deep

Rob: Thanks. We hope you've enjoyed today's programme. Please join us again soon for another 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English.

Both: Bye.

词汇学习:

1. body image 身体形象

2. workout 锻炼

3. handsome 帅气

4. vanity 虚荣,虚荣心

5. perception 知觉;感觉

6. pecs 胸大肌

7. beer belly 啤酒肚

8. muscle-enhancing 肌肉增强

9. hunk 强壮

10. obese 肥胖的

11. gimmick 噱头

12. beauty is only skin deep 美丽只是空壳

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