The NFL Football season is in full swing and all I can say is..........Tom Brady is a "STUD." Here's why.......So far, 5 games into the 2015 season he has:
139 completion of 197 pass attempts . That's over a 70% completion rate. He has almost 1,700 yards passing. At that rate he will total over 5400 yards in the air for the season. He has 14 passing touchdowns. He could hit 50 by year's end. He only has 1 interception and that was a bobble/deflection by his receiver. His QB rating is over 118 the highest in the league. And the man is 38 years old...38 years old. He's almost a Baby Boomer.
Is that "STUD" status or what. Fortunately for the New England Patriots, Tom is not an average male. Unfortunately for us average Baby Boomers, we have a difficult time comparing ourselves to him.
Do you remember my article on "The Average American 50+ Year Old Male?" Or, how about my follow up article called"The Average American Male II?" Probably not, huh? These will give you a pretty good idea how you shape up against the rest of the U.S. male population...the "average" U.S. male population. Well, why don't you click on the links and get caught up?
So, as Baby Boomer males can we compare ourselves to the average U.S athlete? Can we compare ourselves to Tom Brady? Heck no. Why not you ask. Well, Thanks to my friends at PsychGuides.com we can now find out why. These wonderful experts have taken the basics of my research to a new and different level. They have executed some intensive studies on the average male body of the average athlete.
Interesting idea, huh? here's what they found out...............
"Professional athletes have come to represent the pinnacle of physical ability, serving as a cultural image of performance and physique. With millions watching sporting events, these body ideals have been planted firmly in the mainstream’s consciousness. But what happens when these examples inspire behavior that goes beyond what’s healthy in pursuit of the perfect body?
When it comes to eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, male sufferers of such conditions have historically been a less-studied group. Yet about one in four people struggling with eating disorders are men – and there are likely more who are reluctant to seek assistance due to embarrassment or stigma. Just as women’s eating disorders are often influenced by cultural and media beauty standards, men’s disordered eating habits and body image concerns can be affected by images idealizing peak fitness and muscularity. Rather than simply trying to lose weight, many male sufferers of eating disorders are instead focused on attempting to gain muscle while shedding fat, in pursuit of a body reflecting these promoted ideals. But in trying to attain such a body, men may engage in dangerous eating behaviors and other habits that can put their health at risk.
So just how much do these images of pro athletes diverge from the average man’s body? How far would men have to go to get the physiques of sports stars? We compiled statistics from the NFL, MLB, NBA, and other major sports leagues to determine the average body size of players in each field and compared them to the body sizes of men around the world. Read on to learn about the dangerous lengths men would have to go to make these ideals a reality.
Due to the diversity of these body types, each can have a very different impact on men’s body anxieties as well – especially on male athletes themselves. The average man has a BMI of 26.66 and a weight of 181.9 pounds and would have to gain a substantial amount of weight, largely in muscle, to approach the most common body types in the NFL and NBA. Muscle dysmorphia, a condition of men who continually believe they aren’t muscular enough, has been described as a “reverse anorexia.” This condition can be characterized by an unhealthy preoccupation with frequently working out and a highly regimented diet focused on gaining weight. Sufferers of muscle dysmorphia may experience depression and anxiety as well as a serious impact on their work and social life; they may also engage in steroid abuse in order to achieve a highly muscular body shape.
The struggle to achieve a perfect physical ideal can give rise to body dysmorphia, disordered eating, purge behaviors including excessive exercise, and abuse of pharmaceuticals that include laxatives and stimulants, or illicitly obtained anabolic steroids. Ultimately, this quest has very little to do with health – a fact made evident as one’s mental and physical well-being quickly fall by the wayside. If eating disorders and their related consequences are challenging your attempts to lead a normal and healthy life, call 1-888-366-2335. Treatment support advisors are available to provide more information about recovery options.
The Average Man
Comparing the Two
However, we also looked at the athletes who most closely aligned with the BMI, height, and weight of the average man. Among the NBA, the “most average” player is Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas at 5 feet 9 inches and 185 pounds, while Olympic athlete Marquise Goodwin is the most typical among the NFL.
Height, Weight, and BMI of Athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL
Average Baseball Players’ Sizes Over Time
Men are influenced, perhaps more than ever, by media depiction of an athletic body ideal but are given little in the way of healthful guidance in how to approximate it. Left to their own devices, many people opt for methods that are anything but healthy. If you find yourself locked in an unhealthy struggle to change your body and fell you may already be suffering the mental and physical consequences, call 1-888-366-2335 – speak in confidence about your issues with someone who can provide helpful information about eating disorder and other treatment programs.
Collegiate Athletes Compared to the Pros
Average Sizes by Position of Collegiate and Pro Athletes
Eating Disorders Among Collegiate Athletes
In the study, 16.7 percent of players reported binge eating at least once a week, and 6.5 percent induced vomiting at least two to three times a month. In addition, 7.9 percent used laxatives once a week, and 4.5 percent used diuretics once a week – with 23.3 percent of athletes in sports with weight classes reporting binge eating two to three times a month. Vomiting and other purging behaviors can lead to digestive problems, tooth erosion, esophageal inflammation, and electrolyte imbalance that can cause arrhythmia and even death. In the pursuit of a “perfect” figure, these athletes risk severely harming their bodies and their health.
Seeking Help for Eating Disorders and Body DissatisfactionMen face a variety of social pressures to attain an ideal, trim, muscular image, and these influences can push them to an unhealthy extreme. If getting fit has turned into a harmful compulsion, know that help is available.. Professional assistance as part of a tailored treatment program has helped many regain control of their lives and health. Visit PsychGuides.com today – peruse our informational pages and/or utilize our state treatment directories to find the help you need to achieve the well-being you deserve."
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