Male Eating Disorders

When people think about eating disorders the automatically associate them with young girls and women. While the large majority of women are consumed by this disorder, 10% of men are suffering from anorexia. While 10% doesn’t seem like a lot it is. Often time’s doctors misdiagnose males with depression when they notice extreme weight loss even though there behavior is identical to females suffering from anorexia or bulimia. Some of the triggers for males are job in which it is required for them to have a low body weight such as modeling or horse racing.

Another reason males suffer from eating disorders is cultural. In some cultures it is not acceptable for men to discuss their emotions and psychological problems. Men are also less likely to seek help.

A study preformed by the United States in 1995 showed the following results:

  • 2%-3% of males diet all the time or more than ten times a year
  • 5%-14% of males deliberately vomit after eating
  • 12%-21% had a history of binge eating
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11 Responses to Male Eating Disorders

  1. johncann2 says:

    This is an interesting twist on eating disorders. We don’t hear about men and this issue often very often in the US.

  2. tatumk says:

    Yes we don’t hear about male eating disorders. Men are unlikely to discuss there problem with others and to ask for help.

  3. allibaker214 says:

    I think its great that you brought this more to the public (even if its just our class) eye. People do not realize that both genders struggle so much from body issues. Eating disorders are often seen as a female problem and its really so much more than that.

  4. bradhelmick says:

    This is crazy. I have never heard of a male having an eating disorder. You just assume that eat disorders are always women. I’ve been alive for a while now and know a lot of guys and have never known one to have an eating disorder. Guess guys hide it better.

  5. ashleighvanstraten says:

    I thought this post was very interesting. I never have even thought of males having eating disorderes. I guess it is possible for males to feel the same way as women do since they are also constantly being exposed to guys with perfect bodies all throughout the media

  6. danebohrer says:

    While I am no scientist and didn’t conduct any research but all the guys know love eating food and I have never heard any guys having eating disorders. I guess the stats don’t lie but I would guess that guys suffer from more prevalent disorders such as anger and control problems. However this is very interesting none the less

  7. karlishavb says:

    This is a very interesting subject. I have to admit that when I think of eating disorders the image that comes to mind is of a female in her teens or twenties. I never really think of males having eating disorders. I am really surprised of the statistics of male eating disorders, I would have thought the numbers would be a lot smaller than that.

  8. tatumk says:

    Yes, males have eating disorders also. They are just not as easily diagnosed even though the symptoms and signs are similar to those a female would display. Because a male eating disorder is so “uncommon” even doctors miss the signs, but then again a majority of doctors are male. Therefor they may just not want to confront the male patient about having an eating disorder, because they don’t want to embarrass them about having a disorder that is categorized as a “female” issue.

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  10. clunymac says:

    well talking from personal experence, When I was a gymnast I had a eating disorder beacuse, gymnastics is all about being light, and thin. I think back in the 50s and 60s eating disorders was a much bigger issue. However with all the knowledge we know about eating disorders, it is still a big issue in the sport of gymnastics. Coaches try to limit how many athletes have eating disorders through diets and team nutritionist, however when you get up in the standings and trying to advance the pressures to over do it, is a big big problem and issue in the sport. So eventhough most think that men cant or “don’t really get effected by eating disorders.” It might be just as big of an issue however its still really underwraps, and not really known/ acknowledged

  11. Rubie Donges says:

    Anorexia nervosa (AN), characterized by refusal to maintain a healthy body weight, an obsessive fear of gaining weight, and an unrealistic perception of current body weight. However, some patients can suffer from anorexia nervosa unconsciously. These patients are classified under “atypical eating disorders”. Anorexia can cause menstruation to stop, and often leads to bone loss, loss of skin integrity, etc. It greatly stresses the heart, increasing the risk of heart attacks and related heart problems. The risk of death is greatly increased in individuals with this disease.,

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