Male Eating Disorders

Crazy, Right?

Male, Men, Boys and Eating Disorders helping each other by offering strength with two hands clasped.

For many, not so much.

10 million men in the United States have a clinically significant situation between food, their body, and their sense of control. With over 33 Million people in the U.S. struggling, at least 1 in 3 indiviudals are male!

In our country, eating disorders are often viewed as a ‘woman’s disease,’ causing males to suffer in silence. Would you want to out yourself causing double judgement? If you are a male struggling with any sort body image, friendship ruptures, anxiety, a sense of wanting to hide, food control or under-control, exercise, nerves, depression, supplements, family issues, focus concerns, success pressures, inferiority, anger, judgement, and who the heck knows what else…

You are not alone.

Society perpetuates stereotypes around being male pushing us to focus only on the prize – power, success, control. We want to have it all together, we aim to make it all seem good. Research shows that males are more likely to not get treatment when needed due to more than we could ever add to this one page. That means when males do seek help, they only reach out when exhibiting more severe symptoms.

Crisis can be avoided

You don’t have to wait until you feel horrible to get better.

Treatment for males, boys, and men, is hard to find. If you decide to not give up and you may have an eating disorder, there’s no place like Hilltop Behavioral Health. You have found a place with male therapists. We have groups for men. We make sure that the language we use in therapy is not always focused in a way that feels feminine. We have one of the only male therapists in New Jersey certified as an Eating Disorder Specialist. He has completed vigorous training to ensure men receive the help they need. A former board member of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, Hilltop was born to support both genders.

Signs of Eating Disorders in Men:

Eating Disorders can present differently in males than in other genders.

  • The individual may appear withdrawn, isolated, silent, and struggling to eat. These may be signs of depression and an eating disorder. Depression is the leading co-occurring disorder for men with anorexia.
  • Obsession with athletic performance, muscle shape, and size
  • Over-consumption of protein, protein products, and even creatine
  • Rigid, controlled, and obsessive personality
  • Fear that food habits will lead to sickness
  • Poor communication
  • Intense preoccupation with food or body
  • Obsession with the fear of being too small and perceiving oneself as little and weak
  • Hyper-vigilance and focus on building muscle
  • Substance use often co-occurs with eating disorders, particularly among men with binge eating disorder.

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