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Some male eating disorders are less common, but many eating disorders affect just as many males as females. Keep reading for stereotypes of males with eating disorders, signs of male eating disorders, and tips on how to help a male suffering from an eating disorder.
Though many people think of starving female models and ballerinas when they think of eating disorders, all eating disorders can also affect teenage males, and some are almost as common among male teens as females. This article explains more about male eating disorders among teens.
About 1 in 10 people with an eating disorder are male, and almost half of those with compulsive overeating or binge eating disorder are male. Also, males are just as likely as females to have body dysmorphic disorder, which means they have an overwhelming concern about some aspect of their appearance.
Eating disorders can affect straight, gay, and bisexual teens, though they seem to be more common in gay teens than heterosexual ones.
Male eating disorders are also more common in athletes due to the stereotypes they are trying to live up to and the focus of some sports on weight, such as wrestling, track, and horse racing.
Like females with eating disorders, male teens are often trying to achieve goals related to unrealistic or distorted body images. Unlike females, however, male teens usually don’t just want to be thin. Males usually want a lean, muscular body, and may use combinations of unhealthy eating habits to try to reach their goals. This means the type of eating disorder a teen boy has may not be clear cut, and it may be harder to recognize that he has a problem.
Signs that a teen male may have an eating disorder include:
Some of the symptoms can be signs of other problems, like financial problems or a mental illness, but talking to him to try to find out what's wrong is important. Also, teens who are struggling with other problems are more at risk for developing eating disorders, so it’s important for teens to get help if they need it.
How to help a male with an eating disorder:
Male teens with eating disorders may need help to overcome their problem, but most teens who seek help with eating disorders are able to overcome them.
Kimberly Weisensee, Medill Reports, "Male eating diorders may be more common than we think" [online]
National Eating Disorders Association,"Strategies for Prevention and Early Intervention of Male Eating Disorders" and "Enhancing Male Body Image" [online]
Reuters Health, "Gay, bisexual teens at risk for eating disorders" [online]
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, womenshealth.gov, "Men's Health: Body Image Issues" [online]
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