Understanding Eating Disorders in Boys and Men
posted on January 22, 2018
Stereotypes and media depictions of eating disorders tend to portray the people who live with them as young, white and female. While this understanding is in part backed up by statistics, they fail to account for the fact that eating disorders can affect anyone, at any age, regardless of age, gender, or race.
Kirst, quite rightly suggests that the low rates of eating disorders amongst men are due, at least in part, the self-reporting rates paint a rather un-equal picture of the actual issue.
In this brave op-ed published in Teen Vogue Seamus Kirst discusses his experience as a teen boy with an eating disorder and how his concurrent alcoholism and drug abuse was thought to be his sole issue, even by medical professionals.
He writes that “It was not hard for mental health professionals to wrap their heads around the idea that a teenage boy could be alcoholic. But a boy with a real eating disorder? That must be just a phase.”
Click here to read Kirst’s full op-ed on Teen Vogue’s website.
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