Eating Disorders In Men

Many doctors fail to recognise male disorders. To date, research I have done suggests that gender bias of clinicians means that diagnosing either bulimia or anorexia in men is less likely despite identical behaviour. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with depression which has had an impact on their weight.In part, the hidden problem of eating disorders in men is cultural. Women tend to discuss emotions and psychological problems more than men (however in my case, I was in denial for so many years that I didn’t want to talk about it, because I felt such shame and embarrassment). Anorexia and bulimia are perceived as a women’s problem.The lack of visability of anorexia and bulimia in the male world means a number of things. Men do not discuss eating disorders, and I can certainly vouch for that. My husband always showed me anger regarding my weight, but did not want to be involved in treatment sessions, and in the end, he left me and our children.Men tend not to share the information with other men because the subject is a female issue. Men’s beauty has to do with body mass, muscle bulge and definition, not weight loss. The male world, socially defined as powerful and masculine, results in men not seeking help because of their reluctance to admit the problem.If you are experiencing problems with weight control, you are certainly not alone. My advise is to see your family doctor so they can recommended a psychologist, mental health centre or a doctor specialising in eating disorders.

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