Males and eating disorders are often brushed to the side, the duo is about as mythical as unicorns in our society, but why is it this way? Our mental health can be very much affected by our physical health and we’re well aware of that but eating disorders are often ignored as a real mental illness so you can imagine how difficult it must be for men.
Here are some facts about males and eating disorders
- Just like girls and women, boys and men get anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Many males describe themselves as compulsive eaters, and some may have binge eating disorder.
- There is no evidence to suggest that eating disorders in males are atypical or somehow different from the eating disorders experienced by females.
- Twenty years ago it was thought that for every 10-15 women with anorexia or bulimia, there was one man. Today researchers find that for every four females with anorexia, there is one male, and for every 8-11 females with bulimia, there is one male