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Men Get Eating Disorders Too

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Men Get Eating Disorders, TooGinger Emas has written an interesting piece about men and eating disorders. It piqued my interest because a friend of mine once asked me if she should be concerned about her son’s eating habits. He counted calories, stayed away from sweets, and was a tad obsessive about a healthy diet. I told her not to sweat it, buying into the cultural myth that boys don’t get eating disorders. Now I know they do. To get to Ginger’s original article on ShareWIK, click here. I have reprinted it with permission below.

Usually when we talk about body image issues, we’re talking about girls. But did you know that more than one million boys and men struggle with eating disorders? More than 80 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat. More than 10 percent of middle school boys have used steroids. These are boys who don’t understand why they should brush their teeth every night; how can they possibly understand the repercussions of starving or using steroids?

Obesity or an Eating Disorder: Which Is Worse?

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Obesity or an Eating Disorder: Which Is Worse?I fear that I’m giving my daughter an eating disorder with intentions of teaching her how to eat right. Which begs the question: which is more harmful — obesity (and diabetes) or an eating disorder?

I’ve implemented a “one-treat rule” in our home, which simply means that if my kids get ice-cream after school, they have already had their treat and don’t get dessert after dinner. I try to explain as delicately as I can that too many sweets and too much junk food makes you sick. Fat too, yes. But, more importantly, sick.

“What happens when you eat more than one treat?” my daughter asked me awhile back. And, well, I’m not proud of this, but I think I said, while my mind was somewhere else: “You blow up.”

So yesterday she had a snow cone at the pool. That was supposed to be her treat for the day. But when we went to a lacrosse party later that day, a fellow mom trained at Le Cordon Bleu made these amazing cupcakes with the team’s logo designed with butter cream icing. Katherine instinctively grabbed one, but then ran to me, asking, “Will I blow up if I eat this?”

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2010

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Eating disorders affect five times as many people as schizophrenia, and twice as many people who have Alzheimer’s disease. And yet Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia …

Fat Talk Free Week

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Talking about our weight, the circumference of our thighs or our disastrous double chin is as natural (and hard to resist) as comparing ourselves to …

Q&A with Julie Holland

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Julie Holland, MHS, CEDS, is recognized in the industry as both a clinician and public speaker. A certified eating disorders specialist, she has directed marketing …

Minding the Media: Ralph Lauren Sinks Lower and Lower

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Model Filippa Hamilton — 5’10″ and 120 pounds — recently was fired from Ralph Lauren for being fat.

According to Hamilton, who had worked for …

What Is Normal Eating?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

What Is Normal Eating?Today, the definition of normal eating is blurry. It’s gotten lost …

Comfort Food, My Crack Cocaine

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

It has been proven time and time again that a middle aged woman has about as much chance of …

Dads, Daughters and Body Image

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Dads, Daughters and Body ImageWe’ve already talked about how moms and daughters can …

10 Ways to Manage Your Weight on Psych Meds

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

10 Ways to Manage Your Weight on Psych MedsAwhile back, a Beyond Blue reader asked me to address the …

Minding the Magazines: Examining an Editor’s Letter

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

If you’ve been feeling slightly off, acutely apprehensive or flat-out frightened, women’s magazines likely know the reason: Why, it’s bikini season! And forget fear, you …

Moms and Daughters: Promoting a Positive Body Image

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Moms and Daughters: Promoting a Positive Body ImageDoes this sound familiar? You’re standing in front of your …

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