Physical Health

Male physical health refers to the state of holistic well-being that encompasses various aspects of the body. This includes the proper functioning of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems, which are crucial for physical health [1]. To maintain good physical health, it is essential to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, such as engaging in regular physical activity, following a balanced diet, and practicing good hygiene.

In Australia, male physical health is a growing concern due to factors such as sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets. A study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics [2] found that only 15% of adult males meet the recommended levels of physical activity, while reporting that up to 60% adult males are either overweight or obese. To address these issues, various initiatives have been implemented in Australia to promote male physical health, including community-based health programs and national campaigns to encourage physical activity and healthy eating habits [3].

For some Australian males, their physical health can be affected by an eating disorder, such as Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa. Studies show that the prevalence of eating disorders among Australian males is increasing, and it is estimated that about 10% of all eating disorder cases affect males [4]. The stigma surrounding male eating disorders can often prevent individuals from seeking help, leading to longer and more severe health consequences.  It's important for individuals with eating disorders to receive prompt and appropriate treatment, which may include therapy, medication, and support from family and friends [5]. Support groups and specialized treatment programs are also available to help individuals overcome their eating disorder.

For more information on men’s physical health, please visit the following websites:

Research and reports relating to men’s physical health can be found below:


1.Department of Health and Aged Care. Being active 2021; Available from:

2.Australian Bureau of Statistics. Physical Activity 2022; Available from:

3.Department of Health, National Men’s Health Strategy 2020-2030, Australian Government, Editor. 2019: Canberra.

4.National Eating Disorders Collaboration. Eating disorders in australia. 2023; Available from:

5.Butterfly Foundation. Get support 2023; Available from: