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!