It is very hard to know how many men suffer from an eating disorder at any one time. It is also hard to know what proportion of new cases is male. There are many reasons for this. Perhaps we are more sensitive to low weight in women. Women are more likely and from an early age to compare themselves to other women and confess their anxiety about weight and shape. Women talk about food and dieting and are more likely to overtly seek weight loss through dieting, while many men with eating problems hide their difficulties with excessive exercise, or going to the gym.
Eating Disorders In Males
Queer Body Image - Eating Disorders Catalogue
Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Gay men currently receive little research attention when it comes to health issues such as eating disorders and other body image concerns. Yet expectations are high for gay men , as the western ideal masculine body is muscular and fat free. Evidence also indicates that there are unique concerns for LGBTQ people relating to nutrition and obesity, and that tailored programs can improve overall health outcomes for gay men. Our research shows that social demands placed upon gay men to eat healthily and achieve a perfect body are linked to anxiety and depression and have serious mental health consequences. And that health researchers and practitioners need to challenge beauty standards among diverse groups of men through conversations, connections and support.
Gay Men Have Higher Prevalence Of Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are psychiatric conditions presenting with the disturbance of eating behaviors in different ways, including biological, psychological and familial factors 1. It is estimated that the frequency of eating disorders is 0. The increase in the frequency of eating disorders raises growing concern The fact that men can suffer from eating disorders was first talked about in the early twentieth century 2. There are studies indicating that the frequency of this disease increases among men, too.
Numerous studies have found that homosexual men have a higher likelihood of being more dissatisfied with their overall physical appearance. It is not so clear for homosexual women. In this paper I will review a number of published research article and try to more clearly explain the contrasting results about homosexual women. Although most of the studies look at an adult population, a study by French, Story, Remafedi, and Resnik, examined the effects of sexual orientation on an adolescent population.