In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 21 – 27, 2010, we’re focusing on LGBTQ youth and eating disorders:
Eating Disorders and Gay Men
Eating disorders amongst men are rarely studied or talked about. For many gay men, this makes it all the more difficult to identify and seek assistance for a growing program. When they do, they often feel ashamed. Sparse information leaves professionals attempting to treat men — often ineffectively — with approaches that are appropriate for women. Filmmaker Travis Matthews tells his story at The National Eating Disorders Association. His movie Do I Look Fat? has been screened at colleges and universities, health centers and has received acclaim at a number of film festivals. His site also offers resources and information on the issue of gay men and eating disorders. It includes an interview with Ted Weltzin, M.D., the Medical Director of the Eating Disorders Center, a residential facility for treating eating disorders in men and women. It is one of the only centers that treat men with eating disorders in the country.