Men And Binge Eating

November 1, 2011 by staff 

Men And Binge Eating, Traditionally it is thought that mainly affects women, eating disorders among men are increasing. Research results from Harvard University the first national study of eating disorders in a population of about 3,000 adults found that

25 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia and 40 percent of binge eaters are men. Previously, it was thought that men represented only 10 percent of cases of anorexia and bulimia.

Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by purging or other methods to control weight, while anorexia is self-starvation marked by the refusal or inability to maintain normal weight combined with an intense fear of gaining of weight. Binge eating is the uncontrolled consumption of large amounts of food, and here, too, the number of men suffering from the disease is increasing.

Of the three eating disorders, binge eating is the only one not considered life threatening and not officially recognized as a psychiatric disorder.

Many active men, slim, with levels of extremely low body fat are considered fit and healthy, when in fact they may be struggling with an eating disorder. Due to the stigma attached, along with a reluctance to admit the lack of control, men are less likely than women to seek treatment. Evidence suggests that among some doctors make a diagnosis of an eating disorder in a male patient is less likely to occur than female patients, despite an identical behavior. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with depression when there are significant changes in appetite received a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder.

The lack of discussion on this issue among men is partly cultural. Socially, women are much more likely than men to talk about personal problems or to show their emotions, while men tend not to share such information.

Compulsive exercise and eating disorders often go hand in hand. Anorexics tend to be high achievers and perfectionists who need to feel in control. Excessive exercise and undereating not only helps them feel in control, but also help to help avoid dealing with feelings and emotions.

If you or someone you know is suffering from anorexia, bulimia or binge eating is important to know that help is available by contacting your family doctor, a psychologist, a mental health center or a specialist in eating disorders.

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