It’s recently come to my attention that men are reading Women Eat, and I couldn’t be happier. Several have reached out to me to comment on the articles in the past few weeks spurring me to think a bit more about men’s eating challenges.
First, if you’re a man and you’re here know that you are very welcome. There’s nothing on the site that doesn’t also apply to men. Men struggle with issues of eating and their body as much as women. It’s just as confusing for a man to know when healthy choices and behavior cross a line into dysfunction as it is a woman. And it’s just as difficult to exist in a larger, non-muscular body.
Second, to better serve the males among us, I’ve added a category “Men Eat Too” which you can find on the top navigation links. There you will find the stories that feature men or that feature specific male struggles. Some of the best are Exploring Male Body Image, a TED talk and other resources from actor Jason Baldoni, Is Extreme Fasting the New Anorexia, and another insightful TED talk on Bigorexia about male body dysmorphia.
Third, we will be working on some guest features and other resources in the future specifically aimed at men. There are a number of excellent male psychology of eating coaches and counselors out there whose perspective I hope to share with readers.
We think of eating and body disorders as having the face of a young woman but that’s not true. Eating and body struggles are affecting a growing number of the middle aged and older, and are prevalent among men. Our culture has an equally unattainable male ideal as it does female one. And men’s issues are also women’s issues as we have male friends, partners, and children who may be struggling with food and body.
I’d love to get to know my readers better. To get on my schedule for an informal talk with no agenda other than understanding your struggles and helping you get unstuck click here. If you need other times, use the contact form linked below.
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This week I’m re-reading Health at Every Size – The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon, Ph.D. This is a must read for everyone, but especially if you struggle with weight. I guarantee you will feel better afterwards. Dr. Bacon has a second book that you might not be aware of that is equally good – Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand About Weight.
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