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Male Anorexia - 20 Percent of Anorexics Are Men: Big Issues: GQ


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Wow. Had no idea.

Earlier this year both Pinterest and Tumblr banned the "thinspo" community -- people who find inspiration from photos of people with eating disorders.

Every single photo I saw on Pinterest and Tumblr was thin women.

Male anorexics are majorly unreported.

I was shocked to read in the article that they're frequently refused access to treatment because most anorexia centers are female-only.

Seems like that makes the case for the creation of unisex anorexia centers:

Current estimates suggest it's closer to 20 percent and rising fast: More men are getting ill, and more are being diagnosed. (One well-regarded Canadian study puts the number at 30 percent.) It's unclear why, but certainly twenty years of lean, muscular male physiques in advertising, movies, sports, and of course, magazines like GQ—from Marky Mark to Brad Pitt to David Beckham—have changed the way both men and women regard the male body. And thanks to the web, those images are easy to seek out and collect. For American men, the chiseled six-pack has become the fetishized equivalent of bigger breasts. Like all fetish objects, it stands for something deeply desired: social acceptance, the love of a parent or partner, happiness.

I will never, ever have a six pack. I've made my peace with that.

It's not just six-packs! That's a really weird, narrow explanation (although I totally understand its point) when skinny jeans are out of control for men.

I wonder if the uptick in use of Adderall feeds into (sorry) or at least facilitates the disorder.

Geege, I'm sure Adderall feeds into the disorder.

Soyeun, you're right that teenage boys worried about body image obsess over being skinny as much as -- if not more than -- getting six-pack abs.

The athlete community is big--it's easy to overtrain, and many sports are weight-dependent. I see I'm jumping into this one late, but many sports are making rules about this to curtail the issues... coaches aren't often trained in spotting the signs, and freakish eating habits abound in many sports. 

Many sports are making rules about this but until coaches are trained in spotting signs there will still be a big problem.

It's inherent in sports--I did a lot of bodybuilding (pause to give you time for laughter) for years. I my lifting partner and I thought it'd be great to compete. I'm scrawny, so it doesn't work, but the diets people put themselves through for competition, not to mention the other unhealthy habits--tanning and such...sports need to make us better people, not break us down, mentally and physically. 

Oh I see -- so when boxers or wrestlers have to get down to a certain weight, that could lead to problems. 

I'm amazed at how huge teenage football players are these days. 

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