Male Eating Disorders On The Rise

Eating disorders have often been thought of as a disorder among teenage girls. But increasingly, teenage boys and men are suffering from anorexia, or bulimia.

Patrick Bergstrom’s battle with anorexia started in college. A star lacrosse player in high school, Bergstrom struggled on his college team, and had a run-in with a coach. He began to doubt himself. “For me, I had a drive for perfection, in everything I did and when things broke down I wasn’t used to failure,” Bergstrom says.

He began exercising more and eating less, as little as 500 calories a day. “I was living off Starbucks, and maybe a piece of a bagel, and it just got to the point where I couldn’t keep that down,” says Bergstrom. Just like in women, anorexia can start in men during stressful periods of their lives such as puberty or during college. But of the documented cases, men seem to develop the disease later in life, and they are less likely than women to seek treatment.

Doctors once thought one in 10 anorexics was a man. Now that number is believed to be one in four.

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) could be forwarded to SAMHSA or a verified treatment provider. Calls are routed based on availability and geographic location.

The helpline is free, private, and confidential. There is no obligation to enter treatment. In some cases, could charge a small cost per call, to a licensed treatment center, a paid advertiser, this allows to offer free resources and information to those in need by calling the free hotline you agree to the terms of use. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses.

CALL NOW FOR IMMEDIATE HELPCALL NOW FOR IMMEDIATE HELP800-568-9025Response time about 1 min | Response rate 100%
Who Answers?