Here is a very eye opening article published August 13, 2012 in the New York Times Health Blog by Abby Ellin talking about Binge Eating Disorder in men and profiling Andrew Walen. Andrew Walen is a recovered male binge eater as well as a psychotherapist. In this article and in a related TV interview on the Today show back on August 20, 2012 he discusses his own struggles and challenges with Binge Eating Disorder and Binge Eating in Men.
- Read the full NYT article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/binge-eating-among-men-steps-out-of-the-shadows/
- Watch the TV Interview: http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/48724067#48724067
Binge Eating in Men Statistics
Ellin shares some stunning statistics to include one from a study published in the March issue of the The International Journal of Eating Disorders stating 11 percent of women and 7.5 percent of men acknowledged some degree of binge eating. Me being a guy and knowing how most men would respond to such a question I believe these numbers for men are actually low. Most guys I know would deny having any type of problem to any type of researcher. I suspect that the number of men who binge eat are probably pretty equal between the sexes and higher overall than reported in the study.
Ellin also describes that perils for men with the disorder are far greater than those for a women. Most guys don’t recognize anything being wrong because our culture finds it generally more acceptable for men to be overweight vs a women. Men don’t fully understand the impact that binge eating has on their health and their emotional well being and don’t understand that they need to deal with it directly.
Please share your opinion, your own experiences and what you think in the comments section below on this and male eating disorders.