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Men & Eating Disorders: It’s A Guy Thing Too

February 3, 20148 min
Despite awareness about eating disorders, in recent years eating disorders in men have been on the rise.Did you know 40 percent of Americans have experienced an eating disorder, or know someone with an eating disorder?Eating disorders are commonly associated with females, however a recent study found that 17.9 percent teenage boys and 2.4 percent men have experienced some form of an eating disorder.Do eating disorders affect men the same way it affects women?Eating disorders in women are concerned with being skinny, and even though some males do too, most males who suffer from an eating disorder are usually concerned with their muscular build.Why have eating disorders in men been increasing?Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Kenneth Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS discusses why eating disorders are on the rise in men, the signs and symptoms and what treatment options are available.

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