Category: Eating Disorders in Males

Male Professional Athletes & Eating Disorder: A Lesser Told Story

Picture of Male Athletes with Eating Disorders The struggle of men with eating disorder diagnoses is a topic that is not spoken about enough. Male athletes in particular often struggle with eating disorder in silence. For many that struggle with mental illness, conversations that increase the visibility of their disorder help to normalize their pain and allow them to feel more comfortable [...]
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The Impact of Elton John’s Courageous Battle with Eating Disorders

Elton John is a music legend and icon known for so much, including, but not at all limited to, his talent, timelessness, advocacy, and charity work. While he has undoubtedly had many impactful life experiences and encounters in his illustrious career and lifetime, Elton John reports that three simple words changed his life – “I [...]
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Eating Disorder Risk and Sexual Minorities

Heart shaped hands The list of overwhelming daily life challenges facing sexual minorities in our culture continues to be unacceptably long. Unfortunately, being at a higher risk for developing disordered eating beliefs and behaviors is on this list. A recent study found more evidence to support that. However, research has shown for some time that individuals in the [...]
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Drunkorexia and Young Men Drinking While Underfed: Important Considerations for College Students

College student struggling with Eating Disorder The college years can be some of the most enjoyable and care-free. For many young men, this is a time of discovering adult freedoms, making new friends, and enjoying relationships without the responsibilities of long-term careers and family. These same factors also create vulnerabilities when you combine a focus on appearance, social drinking, and sexuality [...]
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Teenage Boys and Body Image: Health Over Appearance

Boy struggling with Binge Eating Disorder “Boys don’t struggle with the same body image pressure that girls do.” Let’s dispel this myth right off the bat because teenage boys and body image issues are serious problems as well. To assume that an entire sex is not impacted by societal pressures to appear a specific way, particularly during the vulnerable years of adolescence, [...]
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Prevalence & Features of Eating Disorders in Males – Part 9

Man using online screening IOI-S to check for signs of an eating disorder To summarize, I want to describe a couple of case examples that will help to bring these two behavioral treatment strategies, Exposure-Based Treatment and Behavioral Activation Therapy, to life. These case examples were derived from the patients that we treated right here in our eating disorders program at Rogers. I’ve obviously changed the names and [...]
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Prevalence & Features of Eating Disorders in Males – Part 8

Man journaling about eating disorders in males As I mentioned before, behavioral activation is a very effective treatment for depression and other related mood problems. Now, let’s talk about why we know that behavioral activation is a particularly good fit in the context of eating disorders. First of all, we talked before about the significant overlap and comorbidity between depression and eating [...]
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Prevalence & Features of Eating Disorders in Males – Part 7

Man taking note on Prevalence & Features of Eating Disorders in Males Behavioral Activation Treatment for Eating Disorders – Part I We’ve discussed Exposure Therapy for eating disorders. Now, let’s move to a second behavioral therapy intervention known as Behavioral Activation Overview of Behavioral Activation Treatment Behavioral Activation (BA) is a treatment approach that is, historically, very effective at addressing depression. As I mentioned before, there are significant common [...]
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Prevalence & Features of Eating Disorders in Males – Part 6

Man leaning against a wall holding a book on Prevalence & Features of Eating Disorders in Males Exposure-Based Therapy & Eating Disorders – Exposure Hierarchy Examples & Coaching Techniques for Eating Disorders in Males Let’s discuss a few examples of what a couple of hierarchies might look like. What’s important to point out is that these hierarchies don’t have to focus on just one kind of feared area or domain. We can include [...]
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