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Men Have Eating Disorders, Too. Why Don’t They Seek Help?

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Jan 25, 2021

Public discussions about eating disorders tend to focus on women, and in the past, so have our episodes on the subject. But millions of men also struggle with some form of disordered eating, though they’re far less likely to be diagnosed or to seek treatment. Today we hear stories from three men—in three different stages of life—who have complicated relationships with food. The common thread? All three of them want to share their experiences so that other men who are struggling don’t feel so alone. We also talk with Dr. Roberto Olivardia, an eating disorder expert, about why men don’t seek help and how diet culture affects them.

Our sincere thanks to Jack, Galen, and Arnold for sharing their stories, and to Dr. Roberto Olivardia for his help with this episode. 

The National Eating Disorders Association has a helpline that you can contact for support, resources, and treatment options for yourself or a loved one. Visit their website, call 1 (800) 931-2237, or in a crisis situation, text “NEDA” to 741741.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or behavior, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7 at 1 (800) 273-8255.

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

  • "Third Try" by Kenneth J. Brahmstedt
  • "Murmur of a Prayer" by Steve Sullivan
  • "Homefront" by Jack Ventimiglia
  • "Madame Prez" by Karla Dietmeyer and Olivia Diercks
  • "Nice Kitty" by Black Label Productions
  • "Rooftop" by Erick Anderson
  • "Brain Wreck" by Bijou Basil
  • "Sunlight" by Hayley Briasco
  • "Grand Canyon" by Stephen Sullivan
  • "Lost and Found" by Casey Hjelmberg
  • "I Still Can't Believe" by Kenneth J. Brahmstedt
  • "Karla's Melody" by Karla Dietmeyer and Olivia Diercks
  • "Legend" by Erick Anderson

Photo courtesy of Galen Muskat.

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