Boys and eating disorders

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Boys and eating disorders

Surprisingly, a lot of people think that it's just girls and women that develop eating disorders, but boys and men also develop eating disorders as well. It's been cited in some research that 1/4 of the cases of anorexia in children are males. So boys and men get this eating disorder as well. The underlying issues on why a boy or a girl would get an eating disorder are often the same; it's low self-esteem, depression, unhealthy family system, trauma in their life. So it doesn't matter which gender it is; they still experience the same eating disorder, which happens to be when a male or a female. Males get stigmatized because it's known as a "women's disorder." And most males that do get it are usually athletes that are involved in slimming sports like running and wrestling, like wrestling especially; they have to keep their weight in a certain range. So it doesn't matter if you're a woman or a man, boy or girl, you can get treatment. And they have treatment centers specifically for boys and men.

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Maggie Baumann, MFT, CEDS

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

Maggie Baumann is a marriage and family therapist in Newport Beach, California, specializing in treating eating disorders, addictions and trauma. Maggie is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. As a woman in recovery from anorexia, she speaks on the topic of eating disorder prevention and treatment to a wide audience. She has been a featured guest on numerous national television shows on eating disorder awareness and quoted in newspapers across the country including the New York Times as well as in national magazines including Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine. Her area of expertise within the eating disorder field is on “pregorexia”, a term describing a pregnant woman who is also struggling with an eating disorder. This is a life-threatening condition affecting the lives of both mom and her unborn baby. 

On a personal front, Maggie has been married 28 years and has two healthy grown daughters, Christine, 25 and Whitney, 24. Being a mom has been the most rewarding experience Maggie has encountered. Maggie enjoys staying active with healthy exercise and loves to be outdoors. Living one mile from the beach allows Maggie the luxury of enjoying the peace of the ocean. Photography, reading and spending time with her two kitties (who are really grown up cats) are other passions she appreciates doing in her leisure time.   

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