Boys Get Anorexia Too

Eating disorders are usually associated with females, but there are an increasing number of males affected by both anorexia and bulimia. Often there is a link between male eating disorders and athletic prowess, and the quest for physical perfection can result in damaging behaviours associated with diet, supplements and exercise.
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This website seeks to provide support, comfort, information and some words of advice for anyone concerned about a boy or young man’s eating habits and exercise patterns. Our son developed anorexia at the age of twelve. He almost starved himself to death and we felt incredibly isolated and lonely. Thankfully he received appropriate treatment just in time and has since fully recovered, but the road to recovery was tough. You can read more about our story on various pages on this website. I have also written a book entitled “Boys Get Anorexia Too” which you might find useful. The first part contains background information on anorexia and practical tips on how to survive with an anorexic boy in your midst as well as how to seek appropriate treatment. The second part of the book is a case study based on our experiences.
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I have included several other case studies on this website to illustrate the fact that it is not just sporty boys who are vulnerable to anorexia. The case studies are based on true stories in the UK and the USA.  Anorexia can affect anyone, of any age, from any walk of life. The important message is that you are not alone and anorexia can be beaten.

I would urge anyone reading this website who knows of a young man or boy who is restricting his diet and/or over exercising, to encourage that person to seek professional help as a matter of urgency. Growing boys can lose weight incredibly quickly resulting in potentially long term damage to organs. In addition eating disorders are incredibly complex and appropriate treatment is often essential for a sustained recovery. Finally eating disorders can quickly become a way of life. The earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the more likely is there to be a  quicker and more successful recovery

I would also recommend parents, carers and young male sufferers to consider contacting beat (formerly known as the Eating Disorder Association). The team of employees and volunteers are well equipped to provide a great deal of advice and support.

Finally if you would like to contact me, my e-mail is jenny@boyanorexia.com