by Em_A7X on November 3, 2014 - 8:51pm
“33% of teenage boys will use unsafe methods for weight control”; “37% of men who binge eat will experience depression”; “up to 43% of men are dissatisfied with their bodies”; “10 million males in the United States will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their life.” – (National Eating Disorders Association, 2012, NEDA.org.)
If ten million American men will suffer from an eating disorder, why then are only ten percent of clinically diagnosed patients male? Our society perpetuates this ideal that men simply don’t deal with eating disorders. Male eating disorder sufferers are seen as gay, weak, or pussies. We turn a blind eye by believing that it’s only a girl’s issue. By doing this we enforce the idea that any break of the ‘man-box’ is unacceptable. The fact that our society accepts placing harmful stereotypes on innocent young men, consequently shaming them if they aren’t lived up to, speaks volumes about the world we’re living in and running.
Male eating disorders are shamed and ridiculed, extensively unacknowledged, and given slang names such as ‘Manorexia’. Anorexia is Anorexia, irregardless of its victims sex, and changing its name for male victims’ is sexist and exclusionary. It says to men, “Anorexia Nervosa can’t happen to you.” We wouldn’t say the same about PTSD to war veterans, yet as a society we have the audacity to disregard someone battling for their life.