This is something I'm unsure how I feel about, aside of course from the fact that it is innately cringe that he feels the need to do that. But I looked at it and thought, this is not so different to a woman editing herself on one of those body edit apps to look thinner, just in real life.

Society mocks us for 'editing' ourselves too, yes, but also underlying the drive towards the editing is the perceived societal expectation for a woman to be thin and beautiful and for a man to be tall. So I feel sorry for him really; that he has obviously got to a presumably high achieving sports position but still lacks the confidence to just be and appear who he is. Beneath it is still the same feeling : 'I am not enough as I am'. And his way is such a bull in a china shop way of showing it lol