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Male Eating Disorders

July 8, 2013

“For far too long, mental health providers, treatment centers, physicians, schools, and communities have acquiesced to an outmoded notion — that eating disorders are limited to the female experience. 

This comes at a great cost; by engaging this antiquated social politic, we remand males — both young and old — to prisons of shame and guilt they did nothing to earn. It’s time to un-gender eating disorders. The lives of boys and men depend upon it.”

— Chase Bannister, MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS
Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer

 

At Veritas Collaborative, we recognize that struggling with an eating disorder is a problem that can affect all people – male and female.

Emily Alpert with the Los Angeles Times highlights the need for a broader understanding of eating disorders in males through her recent article, “Eating disorders plague teenage boys, too” (June 13, 2013).  Emily recognizes and challenges the widespread assumption that women are more at risk than men for developing eating disorders.  She cites that “government estimates show that the number of males hospitalized for eating disorders rose 53% between 1999 and 2009.”  Through the accounts of men, therapists, and local treatment facilities, Emily identifies a lack of male-specific research and draws attention to a gap in services for men with eating disorders.

Veritas Collaborative envisions “a world where persons with eating disorders and their families have access to best-practice care and hold hope for a cure”.  We seek to fill a known gap in services by treating men as well as women.  As a specialty behavioral health hospital, Veritas Collaborative’s focus is treating adolescents and college and university students with eating disorders- Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders.

To find out more information about males with eating disorders, visit http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/males-and-eating-disorders