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Old March 6th, 2010, 03:27 PM   #1
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Default Are there any guys with eating disorders?

I was just thinking the other day that I've never seen a guy with an eating disorder. Why is this? Why is it that only women feel they need to be skinny?
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Old March 6th, 2010, 03:46 PM   #2
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That's a really common misconseption.

Males can have an ED too.

True, there is less preasure from society for them to be thin, and to fit the 'ideal' of beauty, but that's not what an eating disorer is really.

ANYONE can feel out of control, ANYONE can have body image problems, so anyone can suffer from an eating disorder.

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Old March 6th, 2010, 03:52 PM   #3
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So they're are guys out there that are bulimic?
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Old March 6th, 2010, 03:59 PM   #4
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Yes.

But you won't find too many who talk about it. Partly beause yes, it is less common in guys, but also because that's a huge kick to the balls to admit you've got a problem that's always associated with "girls being obsessive and stupid about their weight"

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Old March 6th, 2010, 04:04 PM   #5
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Yes guys do get eating disorders my friend has one. he is much less verbal about ht then any of the girls i know with one because he said it made him feel ashamed and a failure as a guy.

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Old March 6th, 2010, 04:31 PM   #6
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Ahh, that explains it. Thanks guys.
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Old March 6th, 2010, 05:32 PM   #7
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So they're are guys out there that are bulimic?
I know one that is.

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my one guy friend has an ED
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Old March 7th, 2010, 10:39 AM   #9
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ED's are NOT about "wanting to be skinny".

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Old March 8th, 2010, 04:32 PM   #10
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Guys can have eating disorders too.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 10:42 PM   #11
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all the time actually. although maybe 95% of all people with eating disorders are women, guys make up that other 5%, rather than aliens as some would have you believe. also another trend with guys and ED is that they tend to over-eating, rather than not eating enough. often guys try to bulk up, and end up screwing over their diet.
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Old March 9th, 2010, 12:41 AM   #12
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I actually take ADD medicine that kills my appetite. Whenever I feel that I'm too big or have too much weight, I'll take my meds when I don't even need them for that day just so I don't feel the need to eat.
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Anyone can develop an eating disorder.

http://www.b-eat.co.uk/YoungPeople/W...atingdisorders
http://www.caringonline.com/eatdis/topics/males.htm
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Well...
My parents think I have an ED... But I know I don't, hopefully, because I'm in controll of myself. It's just some weeks food makes me feel absolutely sick, so I won't eat it, and other weeks I won't stop eating, I also like the feeling of throwing up, weird, inoright?

But yea, guys can have an ED, it's just most guys are less verbal about it, or any disorder. I personally hate telling people I'm sick, if I'm really sick I won't talk about it at all. I'm not sure why, I suppose it makes me feel weak. *shrug*

So yea, an ED isn't bound to a specific sex, it's just a matter of the media's descrimination and how society views things, currently, alot of women are targetted, making it more noticable if they have an ED.

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Yeah, I have a friend who i met in treatment who is a guy with an ED. Girls are not the only ones approx 10-25% of people with EDs are guys
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Old March 16th, 2010, 05:52 PM   #16
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I think quite a few guy's probably do have an ED, its just guys tend to be less open about whats going on in thier head and thier lives. So people often assume they don't get them.

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Theres plenty of guys with eating disorders.
In fact, I may even have one. Not too sure...
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there are plenty of men out there with eating disorders. um i happen to be one of them

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Old March 17th, 2010, 06:30 AM   #19
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Default Re: Are there any guys with eating disorders?

Cada, that percentage isn't accurate, I think it's 5%, maybe 10% at most.

To those who've posted & suspect they've an ED;
If you think you have an ED, see a professional.
An ED is much more than just not eating/restricting, you need to explore deeper into the cause(s) of the behaviors, & you need to see someone about it.

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Old March 17th, 2010, 08:10 AM   #20
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I'm not saying I have an eating disorder, because I don't. It comes down to the same thing, wanting to look the way that your head tells you that you need to look. I'm a little obsessive over my food, and I know many people who are the same way. They're people I'm associated with, mostly males who partake in the same lifestyles in regards to nutrition. I feel much happier when I eat, as opposed to when I don't eat. It is something that does screw with my mind if I don't make sure I look the best I can.

I do agree in the statement that it's mostly women, purely because there's larger amounts of pressure for women to be thinner, because in society it's 'beautiful' or acceptable. Generally speaking, girls/women can look at a magazine and see a model, who isn't actually modelling ideal health. A young man can pick up a magazine and see a male model on the front, ripped with very low bodyfat with a physique that has taken years to sculpt and want to look that way. Both goals take a lot of time and effort to obtain, but you want to do it because society looks upon those kind of bodies as beautiful, or good looking.

Of course from that, when you wish to alter your physique, in theory, pretty much half of that is down to your nutrition. I'm sure that's where ED's develop.
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