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Q+A – Boys and Eating Disorders

By Sara Rattigan | Published February 25, 2019 | Full size is 288 × 576 pixels

Q+A - Can guys have eating disorders? YES. And it’s possible that eating disorders in males are more common than we think. While males tend to show the same symptoms as women, they often place less emphasis on thinness and more on athletic appearance, though they may become quite thin in the process. They may also engage in bulimic behaviors to stay a certain weight for a sport such as wrestling. The increased ads and movies that include males with ripped shoulders and “six-pack” abs may contribute to disordered eating, harmful weight control, or unhealthy or obsessive body building behaviors in males.

Q+A – Can guys have eating disorders? YES. And it’s possible that eating disorders in males are more common than we think. While males tend to show the same symptoms as women, they often place less emphasis on thinness and more on athletic appearance, though they may become quite thin in the process. They may also engage in bulimic behaviors to stay a certain weight for a sport such as wrestling. The increased ads and movies that include males with ripped shoulders and “six-pack” abs may contribute to disordered eating, harmful weight control, or unhealthy or obsessive body building behaviors in males.

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