“I was trying to starve the gay within, but symptoms and manifestations are individual and will vary endlessly. Sufferers will have different reasons and root causes — different factors, from genetic to familial, environmental, and societal. People need to know that men can suffer from eating disorders too. We have to continue to discuss, conduct research, and encourage men to share their stories. If nothing else, we have to start asking men about eating disorders too, so that they will have the opportunity to be diagnosed accurately and led onto the path of recovery.”
Need help? In the U.S., call the National Eating Disorder Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.
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