Belief That Eating Disorders Only Affect Women Hinders Treatment for Men
Belief That Eating Disorders ‘Only Affect Women’ Hinders Treatment for Men
Medical News Today
April 9, 2014
When you hear the words "eating disorder," do you think of a male or female? Chances are, the majority of us picture a female. But researchers say the assumption that eating disorders only affect women is preventing men with such disorders from receiving the help and support they need. There is no doubt that eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa, are more common among women. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), an estimated 10-15% of Americans with eating disorders are male. However, the researchers of this most recent study say that because there is poor recognition of symptoms of eating disorders in men, such estimates are likely to be higher.
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