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Male Eating Disorders

Male Eating Disorders

If you are thinking of eating disorders, the first candidate to come to your mind is the female candidate. Hardly people will think of men having eating disorder, as this is conventionally believed that women tend to slim down and diet intensively or they are more prone to become comfort eaters under distressing situations.

However, this is not the case, as with changing trends and increasing awareness in health consciousness with modernization and lifestyle changes, men also seemed to develop eating disorders.

Male Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa in males has been one of the most neglected syndromes, and most of the men are ashamed to accept this. In addition, research has shown that eating disorder in men has been quite common in adolescent men than in much elderly men.

Most of the reasons and symptoms in men with eating disorder and bulimia nervosa are similar; expect that in women, eating disorder affect mensus, while in men he will find that there is a decrease in sexual interest and drive to have sex.

Male Eating Disorders Type

  • Restrictive Anorexia

In men, there are two types of eating disorders: restrictive anorexia and binge eating or purging type of anorexia; while bulimia nervosa are also of two types: purging and nonpurging. Of course, men are well known one type of eating disorder, and that is binge eating or eating in excess.  Overweight in men and cardiac diseases have been closely related to many of them.

  • Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa in men is not a life threatening disorder in women, but in men most of the times that is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Some of the common symptoms will include changes in food rituals, compulsive exercise, preoccupation with food, fear of getting fat, depression, isolation and loneliness, low self-esteem, fatigue and muscular weakness, low blood pressure and body temperature, thinning of hair and hair loss, heart arrhythmia and electrolyte disturbances.

  • Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa in men is characterized by a secretive cycle of binge eating of food in larger amounts and then trying to get rid of food and calories by using vomiting and laxatives. Some of the symptoms will include a recurrent episode of binge eating, a sense of lack of control, preoccupation of food, hoarding, hiding and stealing of food, depression, isolation and loneliness, people pleasers, weight fluctuations, dental problems, edema, fatigue and electrolyte imbalances.

Compulsive overeating is characterized by a number of is characterized by uncontrollable, impulsive and continued eating, even after feeling full. Often there are feelings of shame and self-hatred following a binge eating and the symptoms are much similar to bulimia nervosa, expect for the fact that they are more o comfort eaters following a very distressing situation. These are the people, who often land up with problems of heart and blood pressure with sugar problems. They also land up with joint problems and tend to be more of a perfectionist.

What is still amusing is that even today, with so much awareness and the need and urge to spread knowledge, eating disorder in men has seemed to be a neglected issue and a cultural stigma that is still not a problem that many of the magazines for men will discuss.


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