(The National Assocaition for Males with Eating Disorders)
by Chris Clark
N.A.M.E.D.’s mission is to provide support to males with eating disorders, to educate the public on the issue, and to be a resource of information on the subject.
This website is a good resource for:Ø Males with eating disordersØ Their family and friends
Ø Healthcare professionals
Males at risk for eating disorders, too!
Eating disorders, which affect people in both harmful physical and psychological ways, requires medical and therapeutic treatment. If left untreated, eating disorders can be fatal as the result of premature death due to secondary medical side-effects or self-harm as a result of depression.
Both males and females are susceptible to eating disorders. A great deal has been written on females with eating disorders and support efforts are aimed towards them. Unfortunately, the subject of males with eating disorders has receives relatively little attention in literature, the media, and research.Andersen (1992) reported that although both males and females exhibit the same symptoms, there are “differences between the sexes in predisposition, course, and onset" of the disease.
The differences between how males and females experience an eating disorder relates to how males are socialized into the culture as males. The variables of how males and females experience an eating disorder is analogous to looking through orange and brown tinted sunglasses. The same object is seen with both pairs of sunglasses, but the object seen will have a different color perception.
Anderson, A E. (1992). Eating disorders in males. In R. Lemberg (Ed.), Controlling eating disorders with facts, advice, and resources, p. 1. Phoenix, AZ: The Oryx Press.