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