When it comes to anorexia, bulimia and other disorders, we tend to think of them as a female issue. And while it’s true that girls and young women are more likely to suffer from eating disorders, men are not immune to these conditions. In fact, males make up as many as 10% of all reported eating disorders, with those numbers rising all the time. And since more and more boys and young men are experiencing the effects of these disorders, it’s time to pay closer attention to this phenomena.
Keep reading to learn more about eating disorders in men, including information on causes, symptoms and available treatment options.
Why Men Develop Eating Disorders
Young men develop eating disorders in much the same way as their female counterparts. A dissatisfaction with one’s appearance can lead to a host of psychological issues, some of which can result in the development of anorexia, bulimia and other disorders. Body dysmorphic disorder, for example, is an illness characterized by obsessive thoughts about one’s appearance, and is just as prevalent in men as it is in women.