Category: Males

Dude, You Have an Eating Disorder

Man lifting weights while suffering from Compulsive Exercise Contributor: Andrew Walen, LCSW-C, LICSW, CEDS, Founder and Executive Director of The Body Image Therapy Center Yes, males can develop an eating disorder. It may not seem like it, as you rarely hear about it. Males do not seek treatment as often as others. Their behaviors are different. Their language is different. But the negative [...]
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Russell Brand’s Battle with an Eating Disorder

Russell Brand Russell Brand has talked openly about his mental health struggles, including his struggle with bulimia [1]. It can be helpful for celebrities to talk about their struggles with mental health because it brings awareness to conditions that are often kept secret. While several celebrities have been more open about having an eating disorder or negative [...]
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Diversity and Eating Disorders: Changing the Face of the Diagnosis

Contributor: Marissa Edwards, Ph.D., at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt Picture someone with an eating disorder. The image that probably popped into your head was a white, straight, thin, young woman, right? This is the description that has traditionally been thought to depict eating disorders, making many think that others who look [...]
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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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Why Eating Disorders Affect More Men Than You Think

Man researching exposure-based therapy on his smart phone. Contributor: Staff at Carolina House Ask 100 people on the street which gender they associate more with eating disorders, and you’ll probably get the same answer. For decades, the stigma has been that eating disorders almost exclusively affect women – young women, in particular. They do predominantly affect the female population, but the percentage of men [...]
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The Benefits of Gender-Specific Eating Disorder Treatment

Community of eating disorder sufferers Contributor: Staff at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center The prevalence and presentation of eating disorders are among the many psychological and physical differences between individuals of different genders. Gender-specific eating disorder treatment variations can be seen in how individuals seek treatment, how symptoms impact their functional status, the way individuals respond to treatment, the occurrence [...]
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Men and their Muscles – Muscular Dysmorphia

Man lifting weights while suffering from Compulsive Exercise Eating Disorders do not discriminate on background, religion, socio-economic status, race, sex, or gender. In fact, although we think about Eating Disorders as primarily a “female disorder,” according to NEDA [1], “about one in three people struggling with an Eating Disorder is a male.” Unfortunately, they are often fighting Muscular Dysmorphia or a poor body image. [...]
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Males & Binge Eating Disorder: What You Need to Know

Man Researching Dieting and Weighing Ourselves On His Tablet Thankfully, in 2020, it is not revolutionary to assert that men can struggle with an eating disorder. Research, treatment, and advocacy efforts have caught onto this fact and are working to make up for lost time in order to more effectively treat this population, notably males and Binge Eating Disorder. Unfortunately, Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is [...]
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