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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Women Aren't the Only Ones With Eating Disorders -- Surprising Facts About Men

Women Aren't the Only Ones With Eating Disorders -- Surprising Facts About Men

Many studies have shown that both women and men are concerned about their weight and the appearance of their body. But how they go about attaining their ideal body look is different in some ways, but very much the same in others. How so?

How women vs men display eating disorders

Even women who are not overweight seem dissatisfied with their bodies. Far more women than men develop eating disorders related to attempts to reach body perfection. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. However, men can be just as destructive when it comes to obtaining their idea body image. More and more men are using body-building supplements such as protein bars and shakes to help build up their muscles and give them that "ripped" look. Many will go to the extent of supplement abuse to get it.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), the abuse begins when men start to replace rather than supplement their normal diet with protein bars and shakes in an attempt to lose weight at the same time. Protein helps build muscle, but protein supplements were never designed to replace good, healthy food. This is where the abuse comes in.

Abuse is abuse -- stop!

Nutritionists such as Angela Ginn, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Baltimore, Maryland, gives this good advice to men regarding the use of dietary supplements: “The bottom line is to consume a diet with a variety of nutrients to meet the nutrition needs for optimal performance. The key is to evaluate if the supplement is safe, effective and to make sure it’s not contaminated. Think food first!”

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