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Treating Eating Disorders in Men and Boys

What About When Eating Disorders Strike Males?

Males are seeking treatment for eating disorders in increasing numbers. Over the past few decades, the male body has been an area of increasing media attention. Men are more concerned about physique and fitness and this can drive extreme dieting and exercise or purging behavior that puts them at increased risk.

Unfortunately, eating disorders in males may be missed by professionals, families and friends. Males seem to have the same temperament as females at risk including perfectionism, rigidity, avoidance and obsessionality associated with anorexia or attention deficit and impulsivity associated with binge eating and bulimia. Males are less likely to describe a sense of loss of control associated with binge eating. Young adult men are somewhat more likely to also struggle with binge drinking associated with Bulimia. Males who struggle with eating disorders may focus more on muscularity than on thinness (muscle dysmorphia). We offer special groups and living quarters, medical assessments and support for adult and teenage males to address their specific needs in St. Louis and Kansas City.

Males may feel ashamed to discuss their struggles with others for fear of judgment or misunderstanding. Males often show osteopenia or even osteoporosis or growth retardation if they have restricted during their teenage years.

Risk Factors for Male Eating Disorders

While anyone can develop an eating disorder, some men are more at risk than others.  Men and boys who participate in certain sports like wrestling, body building, dancing, rowing, gymnastics, swimming, and running are more likely to struggle with eating disorders because those activities burn energy, but also often focus on physical appearance and body weight.  McCallum Place has special eating disorder treatment programs for athletes that tackle the physical and emotional issues that come with sports participation

Our treatment centers and programs are nationally recognized for their complete approach to treatment and positive outcomes.  Because eating disorders take a significant physical and emotional toll, our team of specially trained healthcare professionals work together to provide medical and nutritional care as well as psychiatric therapy and support.

Next Steps

If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have an eating disorder, McCallum Place offers free, confidential pre-admission assessments to help determine which level of care may be appropriate.

If you or someone you know may be struggling with an eating disorder like Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, compulsive exercise, or Muscular Dysmorphia, please contact McCallum Place for a free and confidential assessment.  We’ll help you follow a personalized path to recovery

Marks of Quality Care
  • Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)
  • Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa
  • International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
  • RenewED, Eating Disorders Support
  • Washington University in St. Louis

I really appreciate that the staff validates my thoughts and feelings before trying to work on them. They don’t just say ‘that’s irritational, just stop!

– A Former Resident