As a backdrop, I was anorexic, then bulimic for twenty-seven years. I am the author of Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Below are a few of the reasons I have chosen to “out myself’ and speak out on eating disorder awareness.
Sadly, this is just a small sampling of the neanderthal attitudes on male eating disorders. It becomes a Catch-22 when these stereotypes and this type of stigma are the main reason so few men seek treatment and even fewer out themselves publicly. On the flip-side, I owe each of these individuals a debt of gratitude for providing the platform to illustrate the issue. The hard fact are that over 800k men have suffered from bulimia at some point in their lives. Over 10 million males will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their lives. We need more men to come forward. There is incredible acceptance from both men and women despite those stuck in the stone age. Awareness happens one person at a time. Join me.