Source: Daily Mail
Male eating disorders are on the rise in the United States, experts say.
While body image issues are commonly associated with women, figures show men admitted into hospitals for eating disorders has risen 70 percent from 2010 to 2016.
Experts say the gradual increase is partly due to male celebrities such as Aaron Carter, Eminem and Robert Pattinson being open about their own body struggles.
But stigmas still remain, coverage is lacking, and seeking treatment is not seen as ‘manly’.
Daily Mail Online spoke with Bethany Kassar, a licensed clinical social worker and executive director of Outpatient Services at Summit Behavioral Health, about the rise in male eating disorders and how society has impacted their ability to seek help.
An estimated 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.
Researchers have found that common eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and using laxatives are almost as prevalent in males as they are in females.
This research as become apparent as hospitals and clinics in the last six years have experienced an increase of 70 percent of male patients seeking help for an eating disorder.
‘What we are seeing is there are more men seeking treatment,’ Kassar said.