Males with Eating Disorders
10 million men in the United States have a clinically significant eating disorder. In fact, the National Association for Men with Eating Disorders (NAMED) estimates that 25-40 percent of people with eating disorders are male.
Despite the facts, eating disorders are viewed as a “woman’s disease.” This stigma causes men to suffer in silence. If you are a guy struggling with body image, fears of judgement, restriction, over exercise, and anxiety, you are not alone. Male eating disorder treatment is hard enough to find. Here in NJ, we take a stance on the problem. Our practice includes the only man in the State certified as an Eating Disorder Therapist. Brian Pollack has completed vigorous training and testing to ensure men receive the help they need.
From one man to another – we want to make sure you are heard!
Male culture is stuck in a mindset that promotes poor emotional connection, a push towards power, success, even control. Many men struggle in silence. Just like women often more intensely. Research shows that men are more likely to not get treatment when needed. When they do reach out they are nearing crisis. Eating disorders in men often go undetected, causing a more intense problem when they do seek help.
We can help you avoid the crisis.
You don’t have to wait until your feel horrible to get the help you deserve!
Sometimes you need to work with someone who understands that yu may feel similar but ‘it’s different.’ To feel understood you shouldn’t have to explain yourself over and over. Rest assured you’ll be taken seriously as we know it’s odd and possibly quite brave to face the guy code and decide it no longer serves your needs, completely. Our staff has recognized national experts who present nationally on the topic of males and eating disorders. Brian also is a former board member of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders.
Varying Signs of Males with an Eating Disorder:
- For men, eating disorders can present differently. When an adolescent appears withdrawn, silent, and unable to get out of bed or motivate himself to spend time with his friends and he doesn’t eat, these may be signs of depression and an eating disorder. Depression is the leading co-occurring disorder for males with anorexia.
- A young man who is obsessed with athletic performance, muscle shape, and size may have an eating disorder.
- Over-consumption of protein, protein products, even creatine.
- Rigid, controlled, and obsessive.
- Fear that food habits will lead to sickness.
- Poor communication yes intense preoccupation about food or body.
- Obsession with the fear of being too small and perceiving oneself as little and weak.
- Hyper vigilance and focus on muscle
- Substance abuse is evident in men’s struggles with eating disorders, particularly among those with binge eating disorder.
- Here’s a quick video to help you see the statistics a bit more clearly.