The Effects of Sports and Eating Disorders

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Bridgewater, N.J. (July 31, 2013) – Men make up 10 % to 15% of the population with anorexia and bulimia, but are the least likely to seek help due to the gender stereotypes surrounding the eating disorders.

Men who participate in low-weight required sports such as running are at a high risk for developing an eating disorder. This is due to the pressure to succeed and the competiveness to win.

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Signs of male eating disorders are often taken for granted and overlooked. “For example, a male who spends hours in the gym per day, eats an extreme and restrictive diet, and revolves activities or avoids activities around exercise and diet is a problem,” said Program Director of Eating Disorder/HEAL Program, Cheryl Jensen of GenPsych PC.

Regrettably, there are a lack of therapy groups and treatment centers that are solely designed for men. However, GenPsych, PC, provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, stresses the importance of eating healthy. GenPsych offers a Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) Program where certified counselors and doctors work closely with patients to develop a more sacred relationship with food and your body.

For more information on GenPsych’s cutting-edge Eating Disorder programs, visit: http://www.genpsych.com/programs/eating-disorder-treatment/

For more information on male eating disorders visit: http://www.something-fishy.org/cultural/issuesformen.php

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