As an eating disorder recovery advocate, I have spent countless hours educating others on eating disorders. When I mention eating disorders in the male population, many people, including professionals, act surprised or insist that they do not know any males with eating disorders.
Men with eating disorders are underdiagnosed, undertreated, and misunderstood.
Here’s an example: A couple of years back, I was speaking with a clinician I had just met. He asked me what I did, so I told him. “I advocate for eating disorder recovery.” His reply was, “Oh, I work only with men, and they don’t have eating disorders.” My heart sank. I knew one of his colleagues quite well — and I also knew that this colleague had been struggling with an eating disorder for a very long time.
Even many clinicians don’t recognize the risk, signs and symptoms of eating disorders in males.
Having an eating disorder — or perhaps admitting to having one — goes against the Man Rules.
My friend, Dan Griffin, an author and expert on men’s relationships and masculinity, educates people on the “Man Rules.” Have you heard of this term? The Man Rules are the “ideas created by our society that boys and men are expected to follow to let the world know that we are real boys and real men.”
Some of the more powerful Man Rules are: click here to read full article