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The Skinny On “Manorexia”, Eating Disorders In Men More Common Than Once Thought – CBS News

October 3, 2008

A supervisor once commented to a group of us that, as a class, eating disorders are the modern hysterias. At the time it sounded so neat and so right that we all nodded making a mental note of the aphorism to trot out at a later date. 

The Skinny On “Manorexia”, Eating Disorders In Men More Common Than Once Thought – CBS News.

When we hear about anorexia or bulimia, we think primarily of young women suffering from the eating disorders. But a growing number of young men are coming forward with their own stories of struggle and self-starvation. 

A 2007 Harvard University study showed that 25 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia were men – confirming that men are more susceptible to eating disorders than previously thought. 

“Looks have become important, not only in the mating ritual, but in all aspects of society,” says Dr. Helen Fisher, an anthropologist at Rutgers University. “Not only does the man need to get and keep the girl, he has to get and keep the job.” 

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