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Men Who Struggle With Eating Disorders

Nineteen-year-old Chris Hardy recently shared his struggles with anorexia with the BBC. Chris said that limiting his food intake gave him a sense of achievement after he experienced upheavals like his parents' divorce, moving homes, and changing schools. Now that Chris has sought help to fight the disorder, he's urging other men to do the same.

While anorexia often has a female face, many men struggle with it, too. Experts say that men with eating disorders, many times male athletes, typically aim for well-defined muscles and chiseled abs.

Dr. Thomas Holbrook, author of Making Weight: Healing Men's Conflicts with Food, Weight and Shape has described his long battle with anorexia. After an injury prevented him from running, he became preoccupied with his weight. He said he spent the next 12 years obsessed, sometimes exercising 20 hours each day while starving himself.

Studies suggest that 25 percent of people suffering from anorexia or bulimia are men, while 40 percent of binge eaters are men, too.

Do you know one of these men?


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Allytta Allytta 8 years
skigurl, yeah, got a wife. and don't star me on your comments, i find some terrible things in there as well.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Not surprising, many males especially athletes openly do things that if they were non athlete females would be considered an eating disorder. Boxers/Wrestlers/MMA doing ridiculous things to "cut weight" before a fight, and then ballooning back up and eating whatever they want sometimes binge eating i.e. Ricky Hatton aka "Ricky Fatton". And let's not forget about the Jockeys in horse racing...where they use to( I think they still exist as some tracks) actually have a bathroom equipped with a special toilet so they can throw up to make weight. Honorable Mention Actors ...example Christian Bale cutting all that weight for his roll in "The Machinist" where he was gaunt and you could see his rib cage and he gained so much muscle back withing months for his role in Batman, he has never looked the same since.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Yep, my ex-boyfriend. He wanted to be a professional cyclist and would bike more than 80 miles/day, then barely eat. I remember he called me once all excited: "hey babe, guess what I ate today?? An avocado and a banana!" That was all he had all day. He was always going on self-imposed diets or "fasts". Thank god that relationship is over.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
"just got a wife" or "just got married"? if thats not the most horrible view of a union of two people i don't know what is
Allytta Allytta 8 years
my best friend suffered. he just got a wife and now she feeds him like crazy. he's overweight and happy now :)
Lukin Lukin 8 years
I agree with the comment about male athletes. Both my brother and a really good friend of mine are competitive swimmers, and have the saddest body images, most unhealthy eating habits and patterns, and obsessive workout regimes. I'm not sure if it's something they're hearing from coaches, from spending so much time without shirts on or what, but it's interesting. I have personally never known any men to have anorexia issues reaching the level of women (but I'm not doubting it happens), but I think it's naive to assume men don't struggle with body image just as much.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
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