Eating Disorders

The pressure to be thin and attractive is something most men and women face at some point in their lives. But for roughly five million women and one million men, concerns about weight and body image lead to an eating disorder such as bulimia, anorexia or binge eating disorder.

Eating disorders are not about dieting or vanity, and they are not “just a phase.” People with eating disorders suffer from complex mental illnesses that can cause severe and long-lasting damage. For many people, eating disorders are a way to cope with painful feelings and experiences; for others, restricting food intake or binging and purging gives them a sense of control in an otherwise chaotic life.

Left untreated, the emotional, psychological and physical consequences of eating disorders can be devastating, even fatal. Eating disorders know no class, cultural or gender boundaries and can affect men, women, adolescents and even children from all walks of life.

Learn More About These Eating Disorders:

anorexia nervosa

People suffering from anorexia nervosa intentionally deprive themselves of food in order to achieve their ideal level of thinness. Anorexia involves extreme weight loss

Bigorexia

In a society where being ‘ripped’ or ‘buff’ and having a steel ‘six-pack’ is revered, is it any wonder that some bodybuilders have crossed the line to addictive behavior? While many of us can barely muster

binge eating disorder

Binge eating disorder is the most common of all eating disorders, affecting an estimated 2 to 5 percent of adults. Binge eating disorder involves more than occasional overeating, but rather frequent episodes of bingeing on unusually large amounts of food

bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by bingeing on food and then purging through various methods such as self-induced vomiting, laxative and diuretic abuse, or taking enemas.

compulsive overeating

Compulsive eating, sometimes referred to as binge eating disorder or food addiction, is not its own classification of eating disorder, but like anorexia and bulimia, points to unhealthy behaviors and thought patterns around food and weight.

diabulimia

One form of a disease that is often associated with obesity is also at the center of a potentially deadly disorder involving a type of self-starvation.

emotional eating

For many people, the biggest obstacle to shedding extra pounds or eating more healthfully is emotion-based eating. Emotional eating can sabotage even your most well-intentioned efforts.

obesity

Obesity has become commonplace in our culture, yet it destroys the lives of hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Men and Eating Disorders

In 1997, Steven Bratman, M.D., published an essay about a new kind of eating disorder. He coined the condition as “orthorexia nervosa.” Although orthorexia nervosa is not an official psychiatric diagnosis

pica

Pica is an eating disorder characterized by a pattern of eating non-food items such as glue, animal droppings, sand, insects, or gravel. Pica affects children more often than adults, with 10 to 32 percent of kids ages 1 to 6 displaying these behaviors.