E A T I N G D I S O R D E R S

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A multi-faceted research study and article on male eating disorders, general societal trends leading up to it and the repercussions of such in 2010.

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  1. 1. Martin CJ Mongiello, MBA, CPFM, CHM, Certified Executive Chef, Master Certified Food Executive Nutrition SCI 103 & CUL 222, The Art Institute of Charlotte, NC - Instructor Nicole Dowsett, MSPH EATING DISORDERS - NOT JUST FOR WOMEN. New studies show men are also prone to risky food habits just like ladies. Does the media (television, movies, magazines, etc…) play a role in these behaviors? Recent studies that have shown males only accounted for 10% of the American population in trouble with eating disorders. Young, confused teens and young women were mostly targeted as having eating disorder problems. New studies are now showing that 25% of men struggle with anorexia and bulimia while 40% are binge eaters. This is a topic of interest to many doctors and parents because bulimia and anorexia can be fatal. Binge eating is not officially recognized as a psychiatric disorder and is also not considered to be life threatening. However, its prevalence among men has surprised many experts. Men are coming under increasing fire to develop, “six-pack”, abs. Of course men also have control issues when it comes to food but typically do not want to admit they would have a problem that previously has been only associated with women. This is especially true when you consider the fact that its young girls and young women – and no real man wants to be associated with acting like a. “little girl.” Dennis Quaid first coined the term, “manorexia”, while Billy Bob Thornton battled anorexia. Additionally, having been in the military for 21 years myself I was readily familiar with the number of people that were constantly on crazy diets - living in a world of fear that they would lose their retired retainer – or be thrown out. Especially when it came time for promotions, if you did not fit the bill of the perfect sailor or officer (trim and slim) your evaluation and climb up the ladder - was toast. Page 1 5/31/2010
  2. 2. Martin CJ Mongiello, MBA, CPFM, CHM, Certified Executive Chef, Master Certified Food Executive Nutrition SCI 103 & CUL 222, The Art Institute of Charlotte, NC - Instructor Nicole Dowsett, MSPH Males with eating disorders need to be taken seriously – just as serious as the ever-emerging male breast cancer problems. It’s the same old story when it comes to being a control freak and master of your home, power, and job – you are master of nothing, other than a hidden mess that is ripping you apart inside. In my opinion, television, movies and magazines continue to play a large role in influencing people. How good are you if you look this way and how crappy are you – if you don’t!? Are you a huge fat slob? Or do you rival soccer superstar, David Beckham. Women just love to scintillate their pulsating fingers across his taught cage… The imagery bombarded on humans is relentless – much like the jury became much desensitized during the O.J. Simpson trial. The technique there was that if they showed enough blood and gore pictures – we would get used to them and not be so shocked anymore. Eventually this did desensitize the jury and they could hardly tell any longer. The same technique is utilized by bombarding the public with, “you’re no good if you don’t have a washboard stomach”, or, “your legs were airbrushed onto the front of a magazine!” You need to have a flat tummy to become someone, or your hair needs to be fixed by a hair stylist each morning that you pay $185.00 daily. Until you achieve these things you will continue to be viewed as the vagrant that you are – a real nobody in society! Ladies are especially prone to this type of bombardment and continue to spur the multibillion-dollar fashion industry. It simply gets taken a step further, in that, without these Gucci sunglasses, Prada shoes and $850.00 pocketbook – I could never get married, or even be settled in society and accepted. Constant shows and movies along with articles written and published concentric to sex, sexual activity, sexual prowess and repeated endorsement of sex outside of marriage are the primary core of the problem. In the 1970’s and 1980’s (when the sexual revolution began), women began to sew their wild oats. It is true that in the nineteen fifties a woman had to apply for a credit card under her husband’s name. It is true that women have never been given a rightful place in society in government or in business. For these reasons much like a child, when first given candy, many women in the world took advantage of the sexual revolution - and took it to the extreme. We like to call this, “sewing your wild oats.” And for me, it is completely understandable how the evolution of this Page 2 5/31/2010
  3. 3. Martin CJ Mongiello, MBA, CPFM, CHM, Certified Executive Chef, Master Certified Food Executive Nutrition SCI 103 & CUL 222, The Art Institute of Charlotte, NC - Instructor Nicole Dowsett, MSPH problem came about. Regrettably, men in the world (have a biological, natural sexual thought every 30 seconds) took the ladies situation to an all new high of extremism. The man on earth had previously practiced getting rid of their wives anytime they felt like it. In the 1980’s men began to perfect this methodology and transitioned it into the workplace. Again the primary core of unlimited sex and ripped, wide-open, hot sex (while looking terrific with your body) was the driving force behind the program. Additionally, males now with their female partners in league with them started to sell out, buyout and throw out company work forces, pensions, reliability and retirement checks. This new animalistic behavior took hold - primarily in the United States – the very core of capitalism and business in the world. The one good thing about the 1950’s and before, was that society as a whole did not allow this type of behavior – this came from the strong support of honorable women. Today, on TV, you have wonderful shows like Cougar Town, Unhappy in the City (Sex in the City) and other wonderful examples. There it is fun for a married woman to have a striptease with the 18-year old male babysitter and have no responsibilities to her children, implications for her marriage and certainly not known in her church – she does not even go to church. Correction, she does go to a church, a HUGE church… to have a fancy wedding. Only. What you get with Hollywood and constant sex conducted in offices, boardrooms, and hotel rooms is a complete, economic system crash and economic holocaust. But of course, everyone will tell you that could never happen… Everybody wants to rewrite the rules and throw out our founding fathers honorable principles. People like Martha Washington and Abigail Adams are funny to laugh at – they find the violation of all of our basic principles to be something to laugh at. “This is 2008 we’ll rewrite the rules and never experience a depression or jobless rate again.” Now, in 2010 the sex and fake pursuit of the perfect body has brought the world to the precipice of destruction – and everyone is sitting around wondering why. Is it now the time to push it even further? Greece, that great metropolis of culture, writing, and sculpture of the world has fallen. Spain could be next and is teetering… When it comes to creating a new world order or changing all of the rules, think about the Page 3 5/31/2010
  4. 4. Martin CJ Mongiello, MBA, CPFM, CHM, Certified Executive Chef, Master Certified Food Executive Nutrition SCI 103 & CUL 222, The Art Institute of Charlotte, NC - Instructor Nicole Dowsett, MSPH repercussions. When it comes to admitting why we act the way we do or admitting perhaps it is not really working out well, remember, admittance is the first step to recovery. When it comes to admitting that 25% of men struggle with anorexia and bulimia while 40% are binge eaters, men, let’s wake up. Ladies, please help us. 1. Boodman S. “Eating Disorders: Not Just for Women,” Washington Post, 2. Fairburn CC, Cooper Z, Bohn K, O'Connor M, Doll HA, Palmer RL. The severity and status of eating disorder NOS: Implications for DSM-V. Behav Res Ther 2007 3. Lewin A. National Health Priorities, Reducing Obesity, Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, and Other Diet- and Inactivity-Related Diseases. Costs, and Disabilities 2009 - Strengthen the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. http://www.cspinet.org/new/pdf/cdc_briefing_book_fy10.pdf 4. Fairburn CG, Cooper Z, Doll HA, Norman P, O'Connor M. The natural course of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder in young women. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2000 5. Gordon R. Eating disorders: Anatomy of a social epidemic, Blackwell Publishing, 2000 6. Billings J, Scherwitz L, Sullivan R, Ornish D. Group support therapy in the Lifestyle Heart Trial. In: Scheidt S, Allan R, eds. Heart and Mind: The Emergence of Cardiac Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association; 1996: 233-253 7. Moyers, B. "Changing Life Habits: A Conversation with Dean Ornish." In: Healing and the Mind. New York: Doubleday, 1993 8. Ornish DM. Stress and coronary heart disease: new concepts. In: Carlson RJ, Newman B, eds. For Your Health. New York: C.V. Mosby, 1987 9. Ornish DM. Heart disease. In: How Your Mind Affects Your Health. New York: Institute for the Advancement of Health, 1990 10. Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Diet Quality of American School-Age Children by School Lunch Participation Status: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1994-2004. Alexandria, VA: FNS, 2008 11. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Trends in the Prevalence of Selected Risk Behaviors for All Students National YRBS: 1991—2007. Atlanta: CDC, 2007. Accessed at <http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm> on October 25, 2008 Page 4 5/31/2010

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