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Anorexia Nervosa & Bulimia Nervosa

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Running head: EATING DISORDERS
Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
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I. Eating Disorders : Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa 1. Title page…………………………………………………..1 2. Table of contents…………………………………………..2 3. Text…………..…………………………………………….3-11 4. Conclusion………………………………………………….12 5. References………………………………………………………13 a. Introduction

b. Discussion
c. Conclusion
d. References

In an effort to achieve social acceptance in our Western culture, boys and girls are being pressured to conform to perceived notions about what constitutes a “good” physical appearance (Ruggiero 2008, p. 7). Unlike girls and women, males with eating disorders are less likely to be identified, as they are less likely to admit to having a problem or to get help.

In a 2006, Harvard University study of approximately three thousand American adults, researchers found that 25 percent of adults with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa were men and 40 percent with a binge-eating problem were men (Ruggiero 2008, p.7).

The reluctance of men seeking help in dealing with their disorder is due to them being seen as unmanly or homosexual (Ruggiero 2008, p. 8). Therapists and recovery centers are generally trained to treat and to talk with women about their eating disorder issues, not with men. Even the language used in screening tests is gender-biased. There are few eating disorder clinics in the United States that have specific programs for men. Some clinics don’t even accept male patients.

Experts agree that getting the anorexic or bulimic child or teen immediate help is the most important action a parent can take (Ruggiero 2008, p. 8). Medical professionals may not be as perceptive when it comes to diagnosing a young man’s eating disorder like they would a young female’s, so parents are under great pressure to be vigilant with regard to their child’s eating habits. School coaches have a responsibility to their young male athletes to...