Males with Eating Disorders
Yes, Men have 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 your relationship with food, you are not alone. There is finally male eating disorder treatment in NJ. 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 and harmful projection of how to control a man’s weight and body to remain influential. Many men struggle in silence. Just like women, men struggle and often more intensely. Men are more likely to not get treatment when needed. Eating disorders in men often go undetected, causing a more intense problem when they do seek help.
You don’t have to wait until your feel horrible to get the help you deserve!
Sometimes you need to work with a guy to feel understood. Finally, you can get the help you deserve from the premier outpatient therapy center for male eating disorder treatment in NJ. Rest assured that you’ll be taken seriously as you shed some of the fears and stigmas many men face. As a recognized national expert and presenter on the topic of males and eating disorders, including a former board member of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, we can help.
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 When an adolescent appears withdrawn, silent, and unable to get out of bed or motivate himself to spend time with his friends and he doesn’t eat, these may be signs of depression and an eating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 products, including creatine, is rigid, controlled, and obsessive.
- Defensive dieting can take control when a male is afraid that his food habits will lead him to sickness and eventual death.
- A male who is unable to communicate his needs but able to spend significant time with food may have an eating disorder.
- Obsession with the fear of being too small and perceiving themselves as little and weak, also known as Muscle Dysmorphia, is rampant in our local gyms and athletic centers. This is a sign of an eating disorder.
- 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.