Do boys get other eating disorders

The simple answer is yes. Anorexia is one of a range of eating disorders and boys are certainly prone to suffer from any of them. Whilst the different illnesses have different symptoms and effects, many of the approaches to self-help and treatment will be similar to those used for anorexics. At the end of the day the main aim for anyone suffering from an eating disorder is to reestablish healthy eating patterns, maintain a healthy weight and to regain self-confidence and self-esteem. Much of what is written in the self-help and treatment options section of this book should be useful for the carer of a boy suffering from one of these other eating disorders. I also recommend reading Fit to Die by Anna Paterson, published in 2004 by Lucky Duck Publishing. In this book the author draws the reader's attention to the characteristics of and special difficulties for men with eating disorders.

Other eating disorders include bulimia nervosa, binge eating, compulsive exercising and 'ED-NOS' (eating disorders not otherwise specified). This chapter contains a brief description of each illness, what to look out for and the effects of the illness.

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