This is something which needs to be publicized and discussed in the LGBTQ community. The old stereotype, akin to that which claims women cannot rape men, says that men do not develop eating disorders. I beg to differ. Such a stereotype is dangerous and can result in serious illness, if not death, in men who suffer from this. If any man sees himself in reading this article, please get to a gay-friendly doctor and discuss your concerns. Anorexia can kill.
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Great to see that this issue is being openly discussed. It is also ironic to see the banglads ad next to this article. I think although it would be good if the image of masculin and feminine beauty in the media and in ads changed, it is somewhat naive to seriously expect that. What would be important is that everyone struggling with problems get the help they need.
The British ideal of what constitutes a “good male body” is very different from the American ideal.
If a man in Britain has a broad muscular chest, he is considered to have “man breasts”. And if he has a torso which is anything but sinewy, he is said to have a gut.
The American ideal on the other hand is toned and muscular. A solid, muscular guy is considered to be at the top of the attractiveness scale.
I don’t understand who decided that we should all look like scrawny, pigeon chested, drug riddled rock stars. It’s a huge turn off for me.
Irratable Bowel Syndrum, this comes to mind because of the article on ‘Eating Disorder’ My self, I am drinking Yakult every day and find it very beneficial.
I suffered with anorexia from 11 years on until I was 15. I was a tubby red haired boy and was often taunted and hurt physically from with in the family and at school.I was called a fairy by my father and brother. I was hospitalised at 13 for 18 months and my weight hit the 4 and a half stone. I experienced and witnessed a lot in an adult male ward. I witnessed old men dying, alone and distressed. Then my father died after I had been hositalized for a year after which I finally reclaimed my life and gradually got better. I left my family home just before I was 16 and never looked back. I still binge occasionaly but know what the price will be next day. Images of that perfect shaped man turned me on for a while but as soon as I started to have lots of sex with all shapes those men started to turn me off. Best wishes to all people (especially males)suffering an eating disorder but perservere, get safe knowledgable help and be positive about finding someone out there who will love you for who you are.
Thank you for sharing your story Jako—I am so glad that you have survived the pressure and that people find the story relevant.
for some, compulsive eating is an addiction, in the same way that some people can drink one alcoholic drink and not be able to stop, so some people eat one compulsive bite and can’t stop. most addiction recovery/rehab centres treat food addiction alongside alcohol and drug addiction. try http://www.oa.org to find an overeaters anonymous meeting in your area