`This is a book that will be useful to carers, helping them understand the issues that affect male suffers and some of the barriers they will have to break down in order to recover. It will also reassure men affected by an eating disorder that they are not alone, their problems are understood b medical professional and that recovery is possible' - Signpost Anna has established herself as a leading author in the field of eating disorders and combines her personal experiences with an extensive research interest. Her two previous books published by Lucky Duck were winner and special commendation in the NASEN/TES book awards and we expect this publication to be equally well received. It would be a mistake to think that eating and body image problems are experienced only by women. Anna draws the readers attention to the characteristic and special difficulties for men, including: " athletics, body building and eating " depression and self-esteem " eating disorders and homosexuality. Like all her books she offers a comprehensive overview and contributes information, advice and hope. This is a book for those affected and those who want to help them.
Chapter 4: Bulimia Nervosa in Men
Bulimia Nervosa in Men
Bulimia nervosa is characterised by a secretive cycle of binge eating followed by vomiting and/or purging. The sufferer will feel a compulsion to eat large quantities of food and then the resulting feelings of guilt will lead them to find ways to rid themselves of the food. The methods used are vomiting (although this is rarer in men than women), purging by taking large quantities of laxatives, excessively exercising or fasting.
Male sufferers seem to have fewer bulimic episodes than females and are less likely to turn to vomiting or laxative abuse but will instead use over-exercising as a way to rid themselves of excess calories. One male sufferer said that, “a day at the gym is a day ...