Tuesday, March 27, 2007

"Eating Disorders: Not Just for Women"

"Last month, Harvard researchers reported the results of the first national study of eating disorders in a population of nearly 3,000 adults and found that 25 percent of those with anorexia or bulimia and 40 percent of binge eaters were men."

I can't imagine that this is new. But while we are all familiar with the eating habits of women and girls, the effects on men of our American Idolizing of the "perfect body" (People Magazine recently ran a story on male contestants slimming down for the show) are often overlooked. Are we more culturally comfortable with the image of the physically strong man, and willing to turn a blind eye to the collateral damage? Is it easier to pathologize women for their behavior? This is what bothers me the most - when this issue is covered, regardless of gender, it's treated as an individual's problem rather than another example of the pain we all suffer as a result of a popular culture that tells us what we can call beautiful, and distorts what we see as healthy.

Read the full article from The Washington Post.

-Patrick Lincoln Share

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