Gay Men Who Battle Eating Disorders: The Community's Hidden Epidemic

  • metta

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    Mar 13, 2014 5:59 AM GMT
    Gay Men Who Battle Eating Disorders: The Community's Hidden Epidemic











    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/12/gay-men-eating-disorders-_n_4948855.html



    http://www.salon.com/2014/03/02/a_hidden_epidemic_eating_disorders_in_the_gay_community/
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    Mar 13, 2014 10:33 PM GMT
    My eating disorder is that I can't seem to eat enough food. 6 meals a day and I'm still always hungry.
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    Mar 13, 2014 10:35 PM GMT
    Oh, Metta, you already posted this...sorta...http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1107033

    Late RJ member Jeremy Gillitzer:
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    Mar 14, 2014 7:57 AM GMT
    It really annoys me when people think eating disorders are about being slim. There's rarely any vanity in it whatsoever - it's about control and silencing some deep issue through starvation or binging/purging.

    Quite a few reports also suggest that gay people are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, and suffer from depression. I've certainly met lots of guys with some issue or another before now.
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    Mar 15, 2014 1:33 AM GMT
    Jlor31 saidIt really annoys me when people think eating disorders are about being slim. There's rarely any vanity in it whatsoever - it's about control and silencing some deep issue through starvation or binging/purging.

    Quite a few reports also suggest that gay people are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, and suffer from depression. I've certainly met lots of guys with some issue or another before now.


    Totally agree with this. I had an eating disorder when I was 11 and it was nothing to do with looking good because at that age I don't recall caring too much about appearances back then. It was purely about taking control of something when everything else was chaotic and weirdly enough the longer it went on I enjoyed the fact it became my thing that I was able to hide so well.

    People who have eating conditions either to be slim or for any other reason I would guess that they are also suffering from a host of issues or unresolved past issues and I would advise them to talk to family or friends so that they can be pushed into getting professional help.

    The alternatives are you can damage your body irreversibly or even die. My biggest regret is I was too good at hiding it and it took nearly 3 years for me to get sorted and there has been lasting damage. I can rarely eat more than half the the recommended calories per day, I occasionally regress back to not eating when I'm sad/stressed but now my body isn't used to it I collapse eventually which is a sign that I need to eat (so I recognise the triggers now at least) and I'm pretty sure I stunted my own development so I can hand on heart say it's definitely not worth it!

    I don't know about USA or other countries but in the UK our NHS has excellent resources to help people going through this and I'm sure other countries have excellent services too! icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 15, 2014 2:02 AM GMT
    Lol I like controlling my eating......

    Its like saying I want to eat this, I don't want to eat this.
    Having worked for a psychiatrist specializing for this condition - condition can and often subtly is communally encouraged/enforced as well...

    Eck one of the worst realizations ever.
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    Mar 15, 2014 4:20 AM GMT
    Snaz saidLol I like controlling my eating......

    Its like saying I want to eat this, I don't want to eat this.
    Having worked for a psychiatrist specializing for this condition - condition can and often subtly is communally encouraged/enforced as well...

    Eck one of the worst realizations ever.


    I would hope everyone knows the difference between controlling how much you eat in a healthy way and actually living with an eating problem.
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    Mar 15, 2014 4:39 AM GMT
    ^^

    Me too xD