Even though Binge Eating affects roughly the same number of men as women, it often goes undiagnosed in men—with dangerous consequences.
In the past, men enjoyed a much broader range of “acceptable” body shapes and sizes than women. Societal messages implored women to be stick-thin in order to be sexy or desirable, while men could be tall and lanky or stout and plump without drawing much negative attention.
Over the years, men have increasingly joined the ranks of people dissatisfied with how they look. Not coincidentally, male role models in magazines and on TV, even the action figures of their youth, have gotten leaner and more muscular.
Today, men are catching up with women in body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. Some are going to dangerous lengths to slim down, others spend hours in the gym bulking up and others find themselves drowning their emotions in food.
In short, men are struggling with the same eating disorders that have for too long been categorized as “women’s diseases.”