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Men Get Eating Disorders Too


Ginger 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?

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Men Get Eating Disorders Too

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  1. I was doing a search on the words “fat as a protective psychology” to help me understand some girlfriends of mine who have been overweight. I came across an article on this site, then linked to this one.
    That article explains how abuse, sexual or otherwise, in childhood correlates with eating disorders, weight gain, and obesity. That means it’s not everyone’s cause of obesity, and it’s not how everyone responds to abuse, but there is a higher than average likelihood that one can lead to the other.
    But I’m tall and thin. Why would I click on a story about men? The answer is – a sugar addiction that threatens my teeth, the intestinal tract of my digestive system, and my overall health.
    I don’t recall having been sexually abused, but I certainly was emotionally abused in multiple ways, by otherwise well meaning parents who had no idea of the damage they were doing. So I have pain and added guilt, thinking that what happened when I was young must have all been my fault, because they seemed to be essentially good people.
    Now I’m starting to learn more about how much the unresolved pain of my past is still running (and ruining) my current life. I’m still working on it, of course, but just because I’m thin, don’t assume that I don’t have an eating disorder, because I do, and it seems just as hard to deal with as alcoholism or any other addiction. After all, nobody checks your ID before you have that next piece of cake.

 

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