It’s no secret that I have gone through a life long battle with anorexia and then bulimia. I have blogged about it and interviewed about it. I am writing about about it in the context of my concurrent struggle with Body Dysmorphic Disorder. The voices of men who speak up however, are still few and far between. Eating Disorders are still stereotyped primarily as a female problem. This is despite the fact that between 10-15 percent of those who suffer from eating disorders are male. The reasons for staying silent are many. I embraced some of them in not coming forward. Stigma of femininity, ridicule, fear of disbelief, etc.
It was therefore both exciting and refreshing to see actor Ashley Hamilton come forward with his bulimia and anorexia struggles. The more men that come forward the more eating disorders will be seen as problem that transcends gender. The more it will become accepted to seek treatment. The more it will be covered by health insurance. We need more brave men like Ashley Hamilton. It’s just one guy but each one that comes forward is one more voice to the masses. I am Brian Cuban. I am an eating disorder survivor. Let’s spread the word for everyone who suffers in silence, men and women! Let’s give them hope!