Columbia Professor Explores How Men With Anorexia Are Often Overlooked

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Anorexia is perhaps the most well-known eating disorder, but it is often thought of as a “girl’s disease.” Anorexia nervosa is most prevalent in young women, but too often people take that to mean it only occurs in these girls. In reality anorexia occurs in individuals of all ages, genders, shapes, and sizes.

Source: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/

Source: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/

Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University, knows this better than most. While working at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia Center for Eating Disorders and in her private practice, she has treated many men with eating disorders including anorexia nervosa.

Glasofer recently wrote about her experience treating the disorder in men and the public perception of eating disorders as a “women’s issue” for Huffington Post. It’s a great read that highlights how gendering mental health issues can create stigmas that often prevent individuals from seeking treatment.

Anorexia nervosa is a dangerous mental illness associated with a high mortality rate. It is important to realize anyone can struggle with the illness and that there is no shame in seeking help with problematic eating habits or mental health problems no matter what your gender is.

Read Glasofer’s piece here.

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