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What are the Different Types of Male Eating Disorders?

Kasey James
Kasey James

There are many types of male eating disorders, but the three most common disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating. Any of these male eating disorders can lead to many health problems that may or may not be curable. People who are concerned about a loved one who may have an eating disorder need to look for the symptoms and behaviors of these disorders.

Anorexia nervosa is one of the male eating disorders that can be extremely dangerous to the human body. Men with anorexia often starve themselves, eating very small amounts of food or nothing at all. Some men with anorexia may also exercise excessively to increase weight loss.

Anorexic men may exercise excessively.
Anorexic men may exercise excessively.

Physical symptoms of anorexia can include rapid weight loss, low blood pressure, and loss of hair. Emotional symptoms can include depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Most men with anorexia need immediate treatment and may have ongoing medical conditions as a result of the illness.

Men or boys with bulimia will binge on unusually large amounts of food. Then, they will purge or use laxatives to rid their bodies of the food. Excessive exercise can also accompany the binging and purging.

Sometimes men develop eating disorders as a result of body image issues.
Sometimes men develop eating disorders as a result of body image issues.

Bulimia can be a very dangerous eating disorder. It can cause rapid weight loss and damage to the stomach and esophagus. Excessive purging can also cause damage to the teeth and mouth. Men with bulimia may show physical and emotional symptoms similar to those with anorexia.

Binge eating, another of the male eating disorders, is described as eating large amounts of food until a person is feeling uncomfortably full. It is a compulsive behavior that can cause weight gain, depression, and medical problems associated with being overweight. Some men that binge eat may not be overweight, as they will diet or over-exercise for a few days after binging.

There are many reasons why men develop eating disorders. Sometimes, it occurs due to negative past experiences or body image issues. Even though it is unclear why men have eating disorders, it is important to get help immediately to prevent any damage to the body or mind.

Male eating disorders can be treated by a physician with experience. A regular physician may refer a man with an eating disorder to a psychologist or psychotherapist who specializes in these disorders. The therapist may recommend a combination of individual and group treatment. There are also rehabilitation centers specifically designed to help those with eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia.

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    • Anorexic men may exercise excessively.
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      Anorexic men may exercise excessively.
    • Sometimes men develop eating disorders as a result of body image issues.
      Sometimes men develop eating disorders as a result of body image issues.