While anorexia has been popularized by young Hollywood starlets, this issue has become a growing problem for many male members within our community. I used to think that anorexia and bulimia are mainly feminine problems since our obsessions with weight issues and having the ‘perfect’ body is plastered on the features sections of women’s magazines. Apparently, that is not the case. Men’s beauty deals with body mass and muscular size, not weight loss like women. It is also noticeable that men do not come forward to receive any treatment and the only possible explanation for their reluctance is because they think that this is a sort of ‘woman’s disease.’ Here is a link to this interesting New York Times article I found on this issue which is becoming massive – New York times Article
There has also been an eye-opening documentary regarding male eating disorders, created by Travis Mathews and titled ‘Do I look Fat?’ The film deals with how male anorexia has affected the gay male community where the men are forced to meet a certain kind of body perfection. I found an article and a video related to this documentary. I’m not sure whether the film’s trailer is the right one, but it’s the only one I found.
I personally feel that men dealing with anorexia should not be afraid to come out and talk about their issues. Health centers, family doctors and of course, family members are within close proximity so they are definitely not alone.