Eating Disorders in Men
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Eating disorders have been around for many years and until recently were typically viewed as a female issue. Not anymore. Today, anorexia, bulimia, and especially binge-eating disorder are on the rise in the male population. Brian Cuban discusses his eating disorder and other men suffering from eating disorders. Several factors contribute to this phenomenon. Look at action figures: they are absurdly muscular, especially in the chest and shoulders. This does impact boys, not unlike the way Barbie has traditionally influenced girls.
If you were to walk down the street and randomly pick people and ask them what kind of people they believe suffer from eating disorders, the majority would tell you that they believe it is an illness that is only relevant to teenage girls. Some people might be surprised to find out that older woman and even children suffer, but they would probably be shocked to find out that men also can fall victim to this terrible disorder. Why is that? It is because society is still very much in the dark about what eating disorders really are and why someone may develop one. Thankfully, this is changing as more and more advocacy groups push for a proper understanding of eating disorders.
Males historically had much more leniency about what they ate and how much they weighed. Guys could get away with those extra 10 pounds far more easily than women, to whom pressures to be thin, fit, and sexy are silently whispered by airbrushed, glamorized models. Today the scale, one might say, is becoming more balanced. This poor body image in males, partly caused by increase objectification of men in media, is driving up the number of men who have binge-eating disorder BED. About 11 percent of women and 7.
Sometimes, calories can sneak up on you. For example, in a study highlighted by ABC News , researchers found that the average meal ordered in a sit-down restaurant contained more than 1, calories. This result is surprising, the writers said, because many people think that a sit-down restaurant serves foods that are healthier and lower in calories than the foods that might be on hand in a fast-food restaurant.
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Share Print. Many people still assume that eating disorders only affect females, but at the Center for Eating Disorders we have been treating males with eating disorders for over 20 years. Additionally, cultural stigma regarding males and eating disorders can make it more difficult for men to come forward and seek treatment on their own. The good news is that education, support and awareness about eating disorders among males are all improving so that more boys and men are seeking and receiving the treatment they need and deserve. Males with eating disorders exhibit similar signs and symptoms as females and suffer comparable physical complications such as osteopenia, reduced sex drive and damage to the heart and other vital organs.
When most people think of eating disorders, they think of teenage girls hyper-focused on their weight. But eating disorders occur among all ages and genders, including men. One campus study found that the one in three students who had a positive screening for an eating disorder was male. Men also may be less likely to seek treatment for the eating disorder due to the cultural stigma that the disorders only affect women. The symptoms of eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder do not differ between men and women. Like women, men with eating disorders are also at risk for developing depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.
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