On Eating Disorder: How to Know If a Man Has Anorexia

Skinny man measuring his waistAnorexia, a type of eating disorder, can affect anyone, but most people think that it only occurs in women. In reality, even men can suffer this type of eating disorder where they have an intense fear of gaining weight that results in unhealthy eating habits. A study suggests that eating disorders in men are underdiagnosed and untreated.

The good news is that there are anorexia treatment options available that help anorexia patients recover from their condition. It’s important to identify individuals experiencing this eating disorder to know the appropriate treatment for them.

The Signs and Symptoms of Anorexia

Generally, the signs and symptoms of anorexia can be physical, emotional, or behavioral. People with anorexia tend to starve themselves.

In contrast to people with bulimia, another type of eating disorder characterized by bingeing then purging, individuals with anorexia would restrict food intake through dieting or fasting. They may also exercise excessively to lose more weight.

Other signs may include, but not limited to:

  • Frequently skipping meals
  • Making excuses for not eating
  • Complaining about being fat
  • Social withdrawal
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Fatigue

Anorexia can lead to more serious diseases if left untreated. For males, they are at a high risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Treatments Available for Anorexia

There are different treatments available to help patients recover from their eating disorder. Biological and cultural factors are essential for an effective treatment environment.

A report cites that males with eating disorders have a higher risk of mortality compared to women. For an effective treatment, a gender-sensitive approach is vital as well as recognition of the variety of needs and dynamics for males.

Treatment providers should take note that male anorexia patients might feel out of place if they recover in a predominantly female facility. Some men might do better in an all-male treatment environment.