Even though many organizations are working to create public awareness about eating disorders, there is still much stigma and shame surrounding males seeking help for eating disorders. At Alsana, we are working to eliminate as many of the barriers surrounding male seeking eating disorder treatment.

One way we help encourage men to seek treatment is to create a community of male clients and former clients who are willing to talk to those considering treatment. This community provides a strong support system and advocacy to men, because they understand firsthand the struggle and the difficulty to reach out for help. They understand the challenges and complexity of males seeking treatment.

Eating disorders origins are often similar among males and females, except that unfortunately it remains more socially acceptable for females to admit to suffering from the disease. Society now puts pressure on women and men alike to conform to a certain ideal, and this is leading many men to take drastic measures like crash dieting and exercising at an unhealthy level. Still, it is generally not as easy for men to find treatment as it is for women. Many treatment centers still don’t accept men but at Alsana our mission is to offer care to both sexes struggling with an eating disorder.

The staff at Alsana is working to educate the public through our talks and workshops about the prevalence of male eating disorders and the need for treatment. Others in the media are doing the same. One example is Brian Cuban, who battled body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders. Brian got help for his disorders and wrote a book about his struggle. He will be talking about his book “Shattered Image” on the Katie Couric Show on the 19th November. Our society needs to encourage men like this who are willing to talk about their eating disorders and the way they overcame them.

Alsana has created an effective treatment program for men with eating disorders, and we are seeing great results. For anyone struggling with an eating disorder, male or female, there is hope. Treatment is available, and we have successfully treated men and women with these disorders. The important thing is to take that first step and ask for help. Our strong support system will walk the individual through the entire recovery process, answer questions, and make them feel as comfortable as possible with treatment. The hardest part is making the call and once that is done we will do are best to put the process in motion that will allow the client to begin the recovery process as quickly as possible.

Alsana therapist Katie Thompson and a former client recently spoke to local news channel KSDK about Male Eating Disorders. Read the report here or watch the interview below.


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