Binge Eating Is As Common In Men As It Is In Women
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Traditionally, men have had more social "freedom" when it comes to acceptable body types and what's perceived as "sexy" in the media. However, it seems that men are increasingly speaking up about how ...

Traditionally, men have had more social "freedom" when it comes to acceptable body types and what's perceived as "sexy" in the media. However, it seems that men are increasingly speaking up about how they look. Today men are catching up with women in body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. Some are going to dangerous lengths to slim down, others spend hours in the gym bulking up and others find themselves drowning in food. If you're a man or know a man battling with overeating or binge eating disorder, check out a free video course and further supportive resources from http://www.bingeeatingbreakthrough.com.

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  • 1. BINGE EATING IS AS COMMON IN MEN AS IT IS IN WOMEN BingeEatingBreakthrough.com
  • 2. Throughout history, men enjoyed a much broader range of “acceptable” body shapes and sizes than women
  • 3. Over the years, it seems men are increasingly speaking up about being dissatisfied with how they look.
  • 4. Today, men are catching up with women in body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. Some are going to dangerous lengths to slim down, others spend hours in the gym bulking up and others find themselves drowning their emotions in food.
  • 5. Men are struggling with the same eating disorders as women, but often suffering silently in shame. Commonly known as "woman's" eating disorders, it can be even more awkward for men to talk about their problem
  • 6. While men make up about 10 percent of patients with anorexia and bulimia, it seems both sexes struggle almost equally with binge eating.
  • 7. According to the Binge Eating Disorder Association, 40 percent of the estimated 10 million Americans who binge eat are men.
  • 8. In a recent study of 46,351 men and women ages 18 to 65 published in The International Journal of Eating Disorders, roughly 11 percent of women and 7.5 percent of men struggled with binge eating
  • 9. Binge eating is defined as consuming large amounts of food at least a couple times per week, combined with feeling a sense of loss of control.
  • 10. THE SYMPTOMS OF BINGE EATING DISORDER ARE SIMILAR IN MEN AND WOMEN, AND INCLUDE: Repeatedly eating large amounts of food in short periods of time, without purging Feeling out of control around food Eating in secret or hiding food Eating regardless of hunger and until uncomfortably full Eating to relieve difficult feelings Feeling shame, self-hatred, disgust or despair after overeating Frequently dieting or taking other measures to control weight and eating habits
  • 11. Because eating disorders still carry a stigma, especially among men, the risks of binge eating are critical. Heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and other weight-related health conditions are common, along with depression and anxiety
  • 12. Compounding the problem is the reality that many men do not seek treatment for fear of appearing weak, strange or like "less of a man."
  • 13. Although men may not reach out for help as often, treatment is equally effective for men as it is for women.
  • 14. A man who binge eats needs treatment and support just as a woman does.
  • 15. For more information, a free video course and additional support, visit http://www.bingeeatingbreakthrough.com