Thursday, February 22, 2007

Men and Eating Disorders

Well as I said on my past post I wanted to look for men and eating disorders I did found it. It is estimated that 8 million people in the united sates suffer from an eating disorder and about the 10 percent of that people are men. Like women are the ones who mostly have an eating disorder man are more coward to find the help they deserve. It is often worse the shame a men receives when he has an overweight. Cause women are more criticized when they are binge eaters.

Mostly homosexual men are more to suffer an eating disorder as anorexia and bulimia because of the tendency of the gay community to be concerned on their success and appearance. Although many heterosexual men suffer from an eating disorder and mostly they are embarrassed because they can be considered gay therefore an eating disorder is mostly considered a female problem.

There could be more commotion over being gay with an eating disorder because of the lack of groups designed for men to a recovering of an eating disorder. Men feel very alone I having to be sited with a group of women. I think this way men would not express the way it needs to be and confess everything for a better recovering because the place is full of women that understand each other more. There should be more places for men to go and express there feelings with men each other would understand each other in a better way.

Men who do sport of low-weight as jockies, wrestlers, or runners have more risk of having an eating disorder as anorexia and bulimia. The pressure o succeeds and be the best player with athletic pressure may lead to a disorder eating.

It is not uncommon for men who have an eating disorder to be involved with drugs and alcohol problems. Men ho suffer any eating disorder as anorexia and bulimia have more sexual anxiety. They may also have a link to ADHD which stand for attention deficit and hyperactive. For those men and women there may be co-existing psychological illness that can be present, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-injury behavior and substance abuse, obsessive compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder and multiple personality syndrome.

Something very important is that men and women with eating disorders as bulimia and anorexia both will have the same psychological problems and low-self steeme a need to be accepted, depression, anxiety or other existing psychological illness, and an inability to cope with emotions and persona issues. Many of the causes of an eating disorder for men and women are the same as family problems, relationship issues, alcoholic/addictive parent, abuse, societal pressure. Both men and women have the rights to get a recovery be happy and love themselves.

I think that men should have the same right as women to have an eating disorder. If people make them feel shy to say that they have an eating disorder because people would think they are gay would be very bad because that way they would not tell anyone about there eating disorder and then it may be too late to get him recover and they could die.

I would like to research more on which men celebrities have an eating disorder or if possible search on the opinion of psychologists on eating disorders. This is my post I hope you like it. If you are a man and you read it and have an eating disorder or know any men with an eating disorder don’t be shy o tell them to not be shy an eating disorder needs to be taken seriously.

1 comment:

Dr. Morley said...

The signs and symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder over 6.6 million people (one out of every 40 people) suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCS). This disorder often begins at times of emotional stress, major life transitions, health problems, and events representing new levels of responsibility.