Monday, July 12, 2010

Misconceptions Abound Regarding Eating Disorders In Men

"Back in 2002, Alan Stock weighed 357 pounds. That year, the Langley resident was in a terrible car crash. He was also in the process of coming out. As a way of dealing with so much stress, Stock started walking. A lot. Then he started running. By 2004, he had lost more than 120 pounds and completed his first marathon. The more weight he shed, the more he ran and the less he ate. At last, he felt in control of his life," writes Gail Johnson. "In 2007, Harvard researchers reported in the journal Biological Psychiatry the results of the first national study of eating disorders in adults. It found that 25 percent of those with anorexia or bulimia in the United States were male, as were 40 percent of binge eaters. Despite the prevalence of these conditions in men, treatment and support groups are predominantly geared to women. Stigma is barrier to seeking help. Many men don’t want to come across as unmanly due to having a health issue so strongly associated with women." READ MORE