Do eating disorders impact men and boys?

Yes!  Eating disorders do not discriminate! They can impact females and males of any background, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. People anywhere from youth to seniors can have eating disorders. Like females, there is a distorted sense of body image. Some men and boys with an eating disorder want to lose weight, while others want to gain weight or “bulk up,” raising the risk for using steroids or other dangerous and unregulated drugs to increase muscle mass. Males show many of the same emotional, physical, and behavioral signs and symptoms as females. But unfortunately, since eating disorders are stereotypically perceived as a “female” disorder, males are less likely to be diagnosed correctly and seek out help.  Contact us at if you or someone you know may be struggling, and we’ll be sure to find the help you need.