Males with Anorexia Nervosa0 comments
Males with Anorexia Nervosa: Approximately 5 % to ten % of people with Anorexia are male. Unfortunately, there is currently not a lot of information on males with Anorexia. However, more and more research is being done as people begin to realize that this disease does affect males. Males involved in weight lifting, wrestling, rowing, Cross country running, Figure skating, ballet, modeling, horse Jockeying, crew, swimming, and acting, all are at a higher risk for developing the disorder. Hormone levels in males can be an indicator of Anorexia, specifically a low testosterone level and or a decreased gonadotrophins level can be an indicator of Anorexia in males. Males with Anorexia usually report a decreased interest in sex. Research is indicating that eating disorders in males appears to be on the rise. It appears that males with Anorexia appear to present with the same psychological issues those females with the disorder present with, but there are some distinctions. Females who develop Anorexia are usually not overweight when the disorder begins but males who develop this disorder usually are medically overweight before the onset of the disorder. . Also, males with Anorexia are more likely to have substance abuse problems then females with this disorder. Another difference is physical presentation because males with this disorder are more concerned with muscle definition than females with this disorder. Because society presents the ideal image of men as strong and muscular men with eating disorders are at risk for steroid abuse. Unfortunately, men may be reluctant to get help for Anorexia because it is primarily known as a “woman’s disease”.