Why do we ignore eating disorders in men?

My friend Amber, who first dragged me to a doctor when depression/anorexia got its hooks into me, posted this article today on facebook.  Just…go read it.

A heartbreaking piece on male eating disorders in this month’s GQ highlights a problem that, even now, is one of unknown scale and one with unknown treatment options. The problem, it seems, is that not enough people take seriously the fact that boys can have a problem with food, eating, and their bodies. Doctors facing blaring, obvious symptoms of the disease, will ignore them because dudes can’t be anorexic. Families of men with bulimia will ignore things that, in girls, would be seen as red flags. Boys and men who find themselves battling EDs are often on their own to diagnose themselves, and then seek treatment. There’s a problem with that, too — more than half of the eating disorder treatment centers in the US won’t accept men, who are often already on the fringe.

Depression and mental disorders suck enough on their own.  Facing them alone, they’re the very devil.  That is the position men are often in with eating disorders.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.