Males & Eating Disorders

It is a myth that eating disorders are a female disorder.  Eating disorders do not discrimate by gender, socioeconomic class, race, or sexual orientation.  Males may be less likely than females to define their behaviors as eating disordered, especially if the predominating symptom is excessive exercise.  Males may also be less likely to come into treatment for an eating disorder, due in part by the shame they feel at not being able to control their behaviors.

 It is important to acknowledge that any behavior (thoughts or actions) that become excessive and begin to take over your life is a problem.  It might begin as wanting to “get healthy” by becoming more toned, or eating more “clean”, or losing a few pounds to feel better.  When the thoughts become constant, or you find yourself spending more and more time at the gym, canceling social engagements, or worrying you will have to give up your workout, then you may have reason to be concerned.  Or, if you find yourself eating in response to life events or emotions, and you feel you can no longer control how much or how often you eat, it may be time to seek professional help.

If you are a male and you wonder if you have an eating disorder, or if you are concerned about your relationship with your body or food, treatment is available.  If you would like to discuss how I might help or get more information please email me at this link: terryannsanders998@gmail.com.

For information on current research studies regarding men and eating disorders please visit the NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) website at the following link:  http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/research-males-and-eating-disorders.


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