This Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2022 #EDAW22 we must remember that those identifying with male and with non-female genders also experience eating disorders and disordered eating.
MALE EATING DISORDERS
Men and boys and anyone identifying with other genders experience eating disorders and disordered eating too.
We really need to stop leaving out non-females and other genders from the conversation. Why? Because to do so means we are discriminating against others, developing 'female-friendly' services only and perpetuating a very biased and unrepresentative picture of eating disorders. This means lots of people don't have their voice heard and don't receive support and understanding. Our motto, since we started in 2009, has always been, 'your voice counts', and it truly does, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, culture, background etc.
Here at Talking EDs, we see males and those identifying with other genders, of all ages and backgrounds who experience a range of eating disorders and disordered eating.
As humans, we all eat after all. So why wouldn't eating disorder/disordered eating affect non-females and those identifying with other genders. I personally find it puzzling why so many people are left out of the eating disorders/disordered eating conversation.
Eating disorders do not discriminate. They creep upon anyone – male or female – of any age or background. Eating disorders don’t care whose life they destroy.
You are not alone. Please reach out and share what you are going through with someone else. We are here too, if you are looking for some professional support. See below for our contact information.