Do Males Get Eating Disorders?
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People need to know, though, that while clinicians are seeing more males with eating disorders than they did 15 years ago, this doesn't necessarily indicate a rise in the number of men and boys affected by eating disorders; what it may actually mean is that eating disorders are increasingly on the radar screens of educators, health professionals, athletic coaches, and parents. Continued attention to early detection and treatment holds the promise of improved health for the many boys and men who suffer from these painful illnesses every year.
David Herzog, MD, one of the nation's foremost experts on eating disorders, has dedicated his career to understanding anorexia and bulimia nervosa, illnesses that affect the lives of millions of women and men and that have the highest mortality rate of any family of psychiatric disorders. He is founder and director of the Harris Center for Education and Advocacy in Eating Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is a significant public voice on how we can heal those suffering from the physical, psychological, and emotional consequences of disordered eating. The above was excerpted from an article that first appeared at ChildMind.org. Visit the website to view the full piece, and for more advice from Dr. Herzog and other experts.