As I’ve said before, eating disorders are not always noticeable or obvious.
If someone is suffering with an eating disorder, they are also fighting a mental battle and any comment about looks, size, or even physical attraction could be harmful.
To give an example, a friend just commented on the size of my dog the other and I started thinking “well, if he thinks my dog is fat, what does he think about me?” And so begins the cycle. That is how easily a mental disorder can be triggered.
So let’s support our guys and gals by avoiding comments about physical appearance about anyone (including babies and animals) and focus on their intelligence, accomplishments, and talents.
To understand more about a man’s journey with an eating disorder, you can order “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder” by Brian Cuban. A fascinating read on one man’s journey from developing a disorder to recovery.
There has been a big push lately in our society that spread light on the fact that men also suffer with eating disorders. Here are a few current articles in the news;
ABC News: Men With Eating Disorders Slow to Get Help, Study Shows
“Families and health care providers need to realize this is a gender-neutral illness that affects all walks of life equally,” . . . “As such, early detection and treatment is key. There is no clear data of specific causes for eating disorders in men, thus the focus should be on early symptoms and behavior.”
Slate.com: Eating Disorders Do Not Discriminate
Full article: http://www.slate.com
Statistics source of information in this graphic can be found here: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/statistics-males-and-eating-disorders