For years eating disorder experts said only 10 to 15 percent of people with anorexia were male. But new research, noting that many men do not report their conditions, suggests the number actually may be 30 percent or higher.
Micsko points to a statistic from the Austin (Texas) Foundation for Eating Disorders: More American men have eating disorders than prostate cancer.
The problem is worsened by shame.
“Men are much less likely to seek treatment for an eating disorder because they see it as only a female problem,” she said.
“Of all of the emotional disorders, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate,” Micsko said.