EATING DISORDER FACTS YOU NEVER CAME ACROSS BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T ABOUT WOMEN

o-EATING-DISORDER-MEN-facebook.jpg

Image source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-cuban/men-eating-disorders_b_4150441.html

Often we dismiss eating disorders as a female only issue but just because no one talks about it, it doesn’t mean its not there. Here are some facts to think about:

  1. Approximately one third of people with eating disorders are males
  2. There are as many men as women who want to change their weight
  3. Eating disorders assessment tests often underscore males
  4. Additionally, prevalence of eating disorders in males is greater than estimated because men are often too stigmatized to seek treatment for “women’s problems”
  5. Subclinical eating disorder behaviours such as binge eating, purging, laxative abuse and fasting are nearly as common among males as they are in females
  6. Despite popular beliefs, eating disorders have never been “women’s diseases,” it’s always affected both genders.
  7. The earliest case descriptions of anorexia nervosa by Richard Morton in 1690 included cases of a man and a woman
  8. The risk of mortality for males with an eating disorder is higher than it is for females
  9. Media objectification and sexualization of males is just as rampant for males as for females
  10. A high percentage of comorbid conditions exist for males in treatment, such as excessive exercise, poor body image, and issues with sexuality

IH

Sources:

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/research-males-and-eating-disorders

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “EATING DISORDER FACTS YOU NEVER CAME ACROSS BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T ABOUT WOMEN

  1. Interesting. Thanks for your blog telling us the truth. You re right. There is always a misconception that eating disorder affects more on females because the media. We should concern more males sufferers as well

    Like

  2. It’s crazy that men are expected to not talk about issues like this. All they get told from childhood is that they have to be masculine and hide aware their feelings. There needs to be more room for men to talk about more sensitive issues such as this, without being mocked for being “too girly” or too feminine. It’s good that feminism is pushing for equality of the sexes in all respects, including this one.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s