Eating Disorders Affect Both Genders

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Did you know that about a fourth of all anorexia nervosa and bulimia cases are men? How about that about forty-percent of binge eaters are male? Chances are, you, like most people, associate eating disorders with females, specifically adolescent girls.

The problem is that males are less likely to seek treatment if they and everyone around them believes their condition is a “woman’s issue”. Add that to the fact that males are already less likely to seek treatment for any ailment and you’ve got a large number of people who are going untreated.

As the Canadian Medical Association Journal reports, many times, it isn’t just the eating disorder that goes untreated. Anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder are all more common in males with eating disorders. This is why it is so vital to spread awareness that men and women are susceptible to eating disorders.

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