National Eating Disorders Association

Eating disorders are gender neutral, although they have been routinely characterized as a women’s issue. There are many factors that lead to males to be under- and undiagnosed for eating disorders, including the social stigma of males seeking psychological help. Correcting these false impressions is vital to removing the stigma surrounding gender and eating disorders. By de-stigmatizing eating disorders, everyone will get better access to diagnosis and treatment.

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