Eating disorders and boys

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Eating disorders and boys

Boys can get eating disorders. Overall, there's a 10% of people with eating disorders are male - 10%. And that's stayed standard through the years that we've been following eating disorders. But there are some differences for diagnosis and age for boys. Little boys under the age of 10, 50% with anorexia, and that's about the only eating disorder a child may have under the age of 10, are boys. 50% are boys. However, in bulemia, in binge eating disorders, the percentage rises for men and boys being affected by an eating disorder, maybe up to 50%. So clearly, men are not protected. Nor are boys from an eating disorder. Now parents often ask me why is that. It's a girls disease, right? I think what's happening is that culture now has the same message to boys as to girls. Which is it's more important how you look than what you do and who you are. And that's tragic.

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Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RD, is the founder of Dartmouth College’s nationally renowned nutrition programs. Currently, Dr. Herrin conducts a private practice in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Marcia received her doctorate in nutrition education from Columbia University. At the University of California-Berkeley, she received her master’s degree and completed a dietetic internship. More recently, Marcia has completed two trainings with James Lock and Daniel le Grange in Family-Based Treatment (Maudsley). She also is certified in Childhood, Adolescent, and Adult Weight Management. Besides a fulltime counseling practice, Marcia has written three books and is working on her fourth. The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders tells parents everything they need to know about eating disorders. Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders tells professionals everything they need to know about working with food in eating disorders. Marcia has been featured in People magazine and on Today and 48 Hours. Marcia credits much of her success with patients with eating disorders and obesity to her own struggles with and recovery from these conditions. Her childhood, as the oldest of six children growing up on a Montana ranch, is another significant influence.

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