I struggled with bulimia for most of my young adult life. The pressures for
young men to be incredibly skinny and "cut" are arguably just as
prevalent these days as they are for young men as they are for young women.
Tragically, many see this as a disorder limited to women only. It is not. Learning to empower yourself to make healthy lifestyle choices is a huge
part of the battle. Also is the learning to develop the ability to know that you
are not defined by your physical aesthetic. You have a close circle of friends,
communicate openly with them. Find a close confidant and a safe place to discuss
and walk through your challenges and fears. I am lucky enough to have found
someone like that and, I was lucky enough to marry her. If you don't have
that person in your life, then (I agree) therapy does work.Bulimia
is a serious issue, especially for our young men who are stigmatized when they
struggle with something that is largely believed to be only a "woman's
problem." Above all, be a true friend and give loving and non-judgemental
counsel to those struggling from this problem.
A quarter century ago I spent a year doing a serious exercise program along with
a diet that focused heavily on the foods considered at that time to be the
healthiest stuff. I dropped 60 lbs to get to a healthy weight. I have kept the
weight off ever since then but it has required constant discipline. Sometimes I
get sick of the regimen. But then I look around at what the average guy my age
looks like and can do physically, and realize that I don't want to go
there.I'm certain that I would be classed as having an eating
disorder. But frankly, I'm not sure how anyone could look at the guts of
most guys my age and surmise that they don't have an eating disorder.
Mayfair, I've learned that understanding the causes of a problem like that
actually go a long way in overcoming it. Sure, it's not magic, and
there's still work to do once you have gotten to the root, but simply
understanding the underlying causes actually does make a huge difference.
If you want to see men with eating disorders just go to your local Golds Gym. As
a Golds member and former college athlete I can say with a high degree of
certainty that at least 25% take some sort of HGH(human growth Hormone) and
probably another 25% take loads of supplements in pill and powder form. There
are occasions where some form of supplement is good (short term) such as an
athlete needing to gain muscle and weight. In such cases protein powders such as
MEGA-GAIN are good if taken properly for short duration but most of these guys
at the gym take stuff daily for long duration and therein lies the problem. You
see these short guys with GIGANTIC arms and chests and skinny little legs and
this sort of body is just begging for heart problems. It's all for show and
a dear price will be paid. Scary stuff. Supplements screw up your eating habits
too creating eating disorders which are an entire nightmare of themselves. This
is ALL society driven - all superficial and very dangerous.
article-"Getting to the root of his addictions meant getting to the root of
his eating disorder."This is a refrain used all the time-like
understanding will somehow magically eliminate the need and reason why. Just getting to the root and understanding it enriches therapists but does
nothing to change whatever the underlying causes are....
The first two comments about the article are people making light of the
situation? No wonder our kids struggle in their education.
Men suffer from this yes. But even though the numbers state they suffer less
than women, when they do suffer, it's bad.We all have our issues.
I, hand, mouth. Chips, crackers and pretzels. Cookies and milk. Breakfast lunch
and dinner. Keeping the flavor flowing. Yummy, tasty, goodness. mmmm.
Love food! The flavors, the textures, the aromas! As I get older, the
metabolism is slowing down. Unfortunately, my love of food has not.