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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