Saturday, October 3, 2009

Body Image



Recently, mayoclinic.com has published an article on commone health issues among gay men. One of which is eating disorder. Here's what the medical publishers have written about it:

Gay men are more likely to experience body image problems and eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia nervosa, than are their straight counterparts. One explanation is that gay men aim to sexually attract men, which subjects them to the same kind of body image pressure as heterosexual women. Gay men also may engage in more social comparison than do heterosexual men, possibly causing gay men to feel more dissatisfied with their appearance.

If you're struggling with body image problems or an eating disorder, get help. Talk to your doctor or a trusted friend or loved one. Together you may find possible treatment options.


Source: mayoclinic.com

1 comment:

line of flight said...

I remember reading an article in the early 90s saying that gay men suffer from eating disorders at the same rate as straight women -- like one in four. I used to have quite a few friends that starved themselves, etc., I think they would hang around me because (at the time) I was matabang mataba. Tragic all around.