Both Men And Women

by NathalieG on January 27, 2013 - 10:27pm

Eating disorders, which have long been thought to only affect women, also touch many men in today's population according to Sharon Kirkey of Postmedia News.  In fact, studies have shown that one in three people touched by anorexia and one in four people touched by bulimia are male.  However, only one in 15 to 20 people are men in treatment centers which makes it clear that men are not getting treated enough for these diseases.  Men with bulimia or anorexia can find it hard to come forward with their diseases because they feel isolated, like they are the only men with this kind of problem.  When they finally do come forward and go into treatment, they are often in even worse shape then most women are.

The reasons men develop eating disorders often resemble the reasons certain women develop them.  Most of men with an eating disorder, like women, search for control in their lives.  People with a predisposition to getting these diseases will usually develop them when they are particularly stressed for a reason or another.  Bullying and puberty often have a role to play in a man developing an eating disorder.  Men are also under pressure to get an "ideal body type".  A current trend in male model looks is the "geek" look in which men are very skinny, thus putting pressure on men to be skinny to be "perfect", "hot", and "sexy".  Everyone, including me, wants to look good, but looking healthy should be a synonym of looking good.