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Hey everyone:) So I think most of us know that a majority of us who have EDs are females. BUT there are also a lot of males out there suffering, many of them in silence, so I thought I'd share this article. I didn't realize nearly a third of ED sufferers are male. This story is about a guy and his experience going to a female inpatient hospital for help. Its a really brave and inspiring story.If you're triggered easily you may not want to read, but I found it very interesting to hear an experience from a guys point of view.

http://www.xojane.com/it-happened-me/male-eat ing-disorder

Edited Jul 07 2012 21:47 by coach_k
Reason: released sticky
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Thanks for sharing.  I agree that it's sad that males with EDs are often neglected because it's thought of as a primarily female illness by much of society.  But I've met plenty of males with EDs (both on this forum and in real-life support groups), and their struggles are just as real as the struggles of females! 

Embarrassed to admit that when I first saw your post I thought ED stood for something else.. danged modern commercials. I was surprised to find a post about IT here, then I saw others and thought 'wow, I can't believe men are so open about this topic here' and couldn't place in my mind where it belonged in a weight loss forum.. I thought maybe diabetis. So I decided to click on one of the treads...

OH, ED is EATING DISORDER not ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION. Got it. *blush*

Yeah so many people don't realise guys can have ED's too. I used to have a best friend who suffered from anorexia and bulimia (I met him at an eating disorders clinic when I was 13) Unfortunately anorexia took his life, but I know he's in a better place now. Resting in heaven, finally at peace. R.I.P josh <3

Original Post by elisabethi:

Yeah so many people don't realise guys can have ED's too. I used to have a best friend who suffered from anorexia and bulimia (I met him at an eating disorders clinic when I was 13) Unfortunately anorexia took his life, but I know he's in a better place now. Resting in heaven, finally at peace. R.I.P josh <3

I am so sorry about your friend. Besides myself, I've never really known anyone with an ED, and I can't really imagine what its like to watch someone die like that. This disease definitely takes way too many lives.

I've struggled with it since 7th grade (freshmen in college now) and its taken over my life in the worst ways possible. I've lost friends because of the things anorexia has led me to do and it's so hard being a guy and going through it. I haven't relapsed into my old ways in a little over a month now so I am keeping my head up.
Original Post by dylanfarris:

I've struggled with it since 7th grade (freshmen in college now) and its taken over my life in the worst ways possible. I've lost friends because of the things anorexia has led me to do and it's so hard being a guy and going through it. I haven't relapsed into my old ways in a little over a month now so I am keeping my head up.

Hi, I just wanted to say, keep fighting. It gets better, I promise. My first year of college was really rough for me, so I can imagine what you're going through. I wasted so many years on anorexia as well, but we can't change the past, only look toward the future. Good luck!

i'm a guy, and i've had an eating disorder since I was 13. (i'm 21)
it really is an epidemic, amongst men and women. it's just not discussed with men, or expected... and most men never seek treatment either.

i appreciate you spreading awareness.

We have really similir stories. Eating disorders really do destroy lives....your own, and everyone who is close to you. It's something I get scared I'll never get over, but I know it possible. I'm actually being forced into inpatient today (irony)...

really though, keep your head up. f*** eating disorders. there is more to life.

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