Male eating disorders: 'Treatment works and people get their lives back'

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  • SameJersey Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    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.

  • Scott H Ogden, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    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.

  • John Loveland OGDEN, UT
    Nov. 10, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    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.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 6, 2013 3:19 p.m.

    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.

  • Mayfair City, Ut
    Nov. 5, 2013 6:37 a.m.

    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....

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    The first two comments about the article are people making light of the situation? No wonder our kids struggle in their education.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Oct. 27, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    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.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    I, hand, mouth. Chips, crackers and pretzels. Cookies and milk. Breakfast lunch and dinner. Keeping the flavor flowing. Yummy, tasty, goodness. mmmm.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 4:45 p.m.

    Love food! The flavors, the textures, the aromas! As I get older, the metabolism is slowing down. Unfortunately, my love of food has not.