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Australian Study defines 7 body shapes for men...which one describes you guys?

by Jessie Hawkins

Are you a nacho, a brick, a string bean, a pear, cucumber or a snowball?

Once thought to be simply fat or thin, the modern man now takes one of seven forms, according to new research.

The new male body characteristics have been defined as nacho, pear, string bean, tomato, brick, snowman and cucumber.

Despite the stereotype that women are anxious about their bodies, men are just as concerned, suffering the same lack of confidence about their shapes.

Only 5 per cent of men thought they matched the toned torso and broad shoulders of the triangular "nacho", as perfected by Hollywood stars Liam and Chris Hemsworth.

But nearly half of the men studied admitted to resembling a "pear" with a small spare tyre around the middle, like comedian Hamish Blake.

The most desired shape was a "cucumber", the lean figure of Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke. Although 46 per cent wanted this, only 15 per cent managed it, according to the study of 1500 men by British menswear retailer Jacamo.

Just 9 per cent aligned themselves to the "brick", defined as the "broad all over" figure of celebrity chef Curtis Stone.

On the tubby side were the one in 10 who admitted to being a "tomato" like MasterChef host George Calombaris.

But less than 5 per cent saw themselves as the bulging blowout of the "snowman", with the rounded belly of radio and TV host Kyle Sandilands, or the long and lean physique of a "string bean" like federal Education Minister Peter Garrett.

Few of the men surveyed were happy with their shape, with almost half admitting they needed to lose weight.

Almost three-quarters hated their body, proving that it was not just women who felt self-conscious. Men on the streets of Sydney, however, seemed content with their looks.

The study also found the age at which men feel most confident about their body peaks at 28. As they aged, they lost confidence and some even suffered depression about the way they looked.

Many felt pressure from magazines to look good but most admitted poor diets and lack of exercise stopped them from having a better body.

Leeds Metropolitan University psychologist Professor Brendan Gough said modern men cared much more about their appearance than previous generations."We live in a world where appearance is very important for guys - in work, relationships and wellbeing," he said.

SO GUYS...WHAT SHAPE ARE YOU?  ~Jessie B