It is important to recognize and promote the truth that eating disorders are not “women’s diseases”. In fact, millions of men and boys struggle with anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 10 million males in the United States will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life and unfortunately are less likely to seek help than a girl or woman with an eating disorder. Males may come to treatment after being bullied and teased or deeply affected by the contradictory media images and social expectations of being thin and fit or extremely muscular.
Some Facts about Males with Eating Disorders
• 25-40% of people with eating disorders are males
• Men engage in eating disordered behaviors nearly as often as women
• Men also struggle with co-morbid issues such as excessive exercise, poor body image, and issues with sexuality
(from the National Association of Males with Eating Disorders)
At Reasons we understand the unique needs of boys and men struggling with an eating disorder and are skilled at providing supportive treatment with specific consideration to gender. Boys and Men may seek treatment at our inpatient and partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs.
We offer a weekly male specific group led by a male therapist, as clinically indicated. In line with the Reasons philosophy, we develop personalized treatment plans for every patient in our program and are open to discussing any special needs or considerations with you. Males do participate in groups and meals with females as well, with staff support and guidance.
If you are a male struggling with an eating disorder or a family member of a male who is struggling, please reach out. Our Admissions team is available to talk with you about what we offer as well as provide a complimentary assessment and benefit verification. If we aren’t the right program, we are happy to provide referrals and help connect you with appropriate resources.