Every day 1 million young males struggle with eating disorders according to new research. While anorexia and bulimia are typically associated with young women, there are a growing number of young men who, in the search for a perfect body with a six-pack and defined muscles, are starving themselves to death.
Contributing to this phenomenon are the hundreds of pro eating-disorder websites that provide ‘diets’, ‘thinspiration’ and ‘buddies’ to help youth meet their weight loss goals.
This mental illness in young men is often not recognized until very late in the disease due to the prevailing stereotype of this affecting girls, but a new report on MSNBC.com highlights the severity of these cases and outlines what parents and other adults should be on the look-out for.
In addition to this news clip, I’ve written a 3 part series on the internet’s role and risks for youth struggling with eating disorders, and it’s a critical read for anyone working with youth.
Here are links to these posts:
- Study of Pro Eating-Disorder Websites Highlights Risks – Part 1 of 3
- Study of Pro Eating-Disorder Websites Highlights Risks – Part 2 of 3
- Study of Pro Eating-Disorder Websites Highlights Risks – Part 3 of 3