Often, when we think about someone with an eating disorder, we picture a young, thin white girl. But eating disorders affect all kinds of people, including men. Despite the stereotype that eating disorders are female problem, about 1 in 3 people struggling with an eating disorder is male, and subclinical eating disordered behaviors (including binge eating, purging, laxative abuse, and fasting for weight loss) are nearly as common among men as they are among women. In the U.S. alone, eating disorders will affect 10 million males at some point in their lives.
Eating disorders need to be taken seriously, as the suffering eating disorders can bring is not isolated to women. Additionally, studies suggest that risk of mortality for males with eating disorders is higher than it is for females. Due in large part to cultural bias, men are much less likely to seek treatment for their eating disorder. The good news is that once a man seeks help, treatment is as effective as it is for women.
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If you’re a man struggling with food or your body image, please don’t let shame keep you isolated. You are not alone and deserve support as much as women. Contact me here or go ahead and schedule an appointment right away using my online client portal (if I’m accepting new clients).