I do a lot of writing for Eating Disorder Hope, something that I enjoy and take seriously. Often I write in the third-person and approach a topic with the attitude of a journalist objectively reporting on a topic. At times, I put more of my own experience as a therapist into an issue, hoping that [...] Read More
Body dysmorphia is defined as “a mental health disorder in which you can’t stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance — a flaw that appears minor or can’t be seen by others. But you may feel so embarrassed, ashamed, and anxious that you may avoid many social situations.”  [...] Read More
Men and eating disorders are a difficult combination. When men are ready to take the step of entering a treatment setting for an eating disorder, it’s not uncommon for them to call a treatment center and ask, “Are there any other males currently in your facility?” That this question is even being asked shows that [...] Read More
After years in sports, it came to my attention that male athletes had been overlooked when it came to eating disorders,”  says Rebecca McConville, a registered dietitian who specializes in helping athletes with food, weight, body image, and sports performance. McConville, who has worked with both the University of Missouri Athletic Department and the [...] Read More
Discussions about developing a healthy body image often provide tips on how to develop an appreciation for your body as it is, rather than how you would like it to be. These ideas are often directed at women, but can just as easily apply to the male body image. A sample of tips from the [...] Read More
How many people are you surrounded by right now, in your home, at Target, in your office? 50…100…500? Imagine increasing that to 10 million. Try ignoring them all. For males and eating disorders, a staggering 10 million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. Males and Eating Disorders From 1999 to 2009, [...] Read More
“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, [...] Read More
The topic of boys and bulimia and disordered eating in general isn’t talked about enough, even in the eating disorder realm. These disorders will impact at least 10 million men in their lives. Yet, research is rarely focused on this population . This is especially unfortunate for boys and male adolescents, as there are certain [...] Read More
The moment the diagnosis comes in and you learn your husband has Binge Eating Disorder (BED), your world probably begins to feel like it is crashing down all around you. How do you begin to support him? Here you are, faced with a challenge you never expected, and it is incredibly scary. When faced with a [...] Read More
It is every parent’s nightmare for their child to be in danger, faced with a problem that the parent can neither control or understand. If you are reeling from the news that your teen son is developing an eating disorder, take a moment to read on for a few tips on how to intervene. Start with [...] Read More
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