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Counseling at Northwestern University (@CounselingatNU) are hosting a live conversation on Twitter to discuss the ways that stigmas prevent individuals from seeking help and get expert recommendations on how you as an individual can help to break them.

Males with eating disorders face additional stigma because these  are widely perceived as "female" conditions that men ought not to suffer from.

Get involved in the Tweetchat and join us and a community of advocates to discuss the following:

*What types of mental illness stigmas and common misconceptions exist?
*Why do stigmas prevent individuals from seeking help?
*Who are the leaders in the field who are raising awareness about mental illness?
*What recommendations do experts have for individuals who want to make a difference in their community?

Share how YOU are breaking the stigmas around mental health! Remember to use the hashtag  #BreakTheStigma

Learn more about the campaign at http://counseling.northwestern.edu/announcing-the-breakthestigma-campaign/?utm_source=gplus&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=blog

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Megan Dottermusch has authored an article entitled "Eating Disorders: The Secret Epidemic Facing Gay Men" for AdiosBarbie.com

"Looking at the bigger picture in the U.S., eating disorders are commonly portrayed as a female-only issue. But while 20 million women suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives, so do 10 million men — and 40% of these men identify as gay or bisexual."

Click here to read the full article: http://www.adiosbarbie.com/…/eating-disorders-the-secret-e…/

AdiosBarbie.com is an advocacy group for body image that has been online since the early days of the world wide web. Click here to learn more: http://www.adiosbarbie.com/about/

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Brian Cuban has authored an article entitled "One man's long battle with eating disorders"

He writes, "I suffered from anorexia and then bulimia for almost 30 years. These are disorders born of fat-shaming at home as a child, and bullying at school by both adults and other kids. I became a heavy child. My thought process would soon allow me to see only a fat, ugly “monster” every time I looked in the mirror, no matter how skinny I would get through extreme eating behaviors. These are the beginnings of Body Dysmorphic Disorder."

To read the full article, click here: http://boingboing.net/…/01/one-mans-long-battle-with-ea.html

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Male athletes may be particularly susceptible to developing eating disorders.

Cory Collins has authored an article for SportingNews.com detailing the plight of Zachary Stepanovich, a collegiate runner who suffered from both anorexia and bulimia over a span of several years.

Cory writes, "Stepanovich started getting dizzy on his runs. Specks entered his vision. His pace slowed. The sport that had always rewarded his lightness and leanness had abandoned him. Ultimately, he faced his Waterloo in the battle against his body. Last summer, after Stepanovich ingested almost an entire package of laxatives, the young man they could not keep off the roads, or the scales, found himself in a hospital bed. Zachary had become a shell of himself in sculpting the shell of his self."

To read the full article, click here: http://www.sportingnews.com/sport/story/2015-04-21/eating-disorders-runners-long-distance-running-male-anorexia-zachary-stepanovich

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An article entitled "The Idea Of The 'Perfect Body' Hurts Men, Too" has appeared on The Huffington Post.

""I'm tired of hearing people analyse -- criticize -- appraise -- and hate on my body."

That's what men participating in a new BuzzFeed video, "Things Men Are Tired Of Hearing About Their Bodies," are saying. In the video, men repeat body criticisms they've heard, ranging from "real men have facial hair" to "you're too skinny to be a man."

"If we all looked the same, I think that would be really boring," one participant concludes."

Read the full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/04/male-body-image-tired-of-hearing_n_6613106.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000010

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The Age has posted an article entitled "'Atypical' anorexia cases on rise alongside obesity concerns"

"When John and Julie Armstrong's 12-year-old son, Jed, told them that he wanted to get fit in the summer of 2014, neither thought anything of it. A keen footballer, Jed designed a regime of exercise for himself – sit-ups, push-ups, and squats – and started to watch what he ate.

"I kind of thought that I was a bit overweight," Jed, now 13, recalls. There was no particular trigger for wanting to do something about it, he says – no bullying or teasing: "One day I just started thinking of it.""

Read the full article here: http://www.theage.com.au/national/atypical-anorexia-cases-on-rise-alongside-obesity-concerns-20150425-1mrjkv.html

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Yahoo News has posted an article entitled "I’m a 35-Year-Old Man With Bulimia. Here’s Why I’m Speaking Up."

"Like many men, I refused to accept I had an eating disorder for a long time. I have always enjoyed food, and my weight has yo-yoed over the years. I’m 35 now and have only really been comfortable using the word “bulimia” for a year or two."

Read the full article here: https://www.yahoo.com/health/im-a-35-year-old-man-with-bulimia-heres-why-im-116948500478.html

Karin Wasteson has authored an article entitled "With Male Eating Disorders on the Rise, Uri Geller One of Few Advocates for Males" at GlamMonitor.com

"Uri Geller is most famous as spoon bending entertainer and controversial psychic."

Behind the scenes, however, Uri struggled an eating disorder.

"Geller’s high-flying lifestyle, in combination with other factors that compounded his stress and anxiety, led him to develop bulimia. “I was on an ego trip and thought only of my fame and fortune, and I’d been through the Six Day War and killed a man,” the former paratrooper says. “The guilt stayed with me.”

Tom Wooldridge, co-director of NAMED, addressed the stigma faced by men, like Uri, who suffer from eating disorders.

“One of the primary aspects of treatment for men has to be addressing stigma, an important reason many men don’t seek help or do not continue with treatment. Many professionals are biased, because they have inherited the idea that eating disorders occur primarily in women."

To read the full-article, which includes much more detail on Uri's struggle and quotes from other influential eating disorder advocacy groups, click here: http://www.glammonitor.com/2015/04/17/male-eating-disorders/

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The 25th edition of the International Conference for Eating Disorders (ICED) is being held in one week in Boston, USA, from April 23 to April 25.

The keynote speaker this year is Cynthia Bulik. Cynthia will enlighten us about public engagement with eating disorder research by tracing the story of the Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) and the AN25K Challenge. Click here to learn more: http://www.aedweb.org/ICED2015/keynote.php

Males with eating disorders are a feature of this year's conference. Given the incredible size and variety of the conference, we have listed below a selection of talks, posters, and panels relevant to eating disorders in males. 

Thursday April 23

Special Interest Group (SIG) Discussion Panel - Assessment and Diagnosis of Men with Eating Disorders. 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Salons A-B, 4th floor. Hosted by Kelly Berg, Alison Darcy, Kelsie Forbush, Jerel Calzo and Lazaro Zayas.

Friday April 24

Poster F54 - "Neuropsychological Profiles of Males with Anorexia Nervosa" by Kirisin Stedal. During Poster Presentation Session II, 6:15pm - 7:45pm. Back Bay Conference Center, 3rd floor.

Saturday April 25

An Oral Presentation entitled "Childhood Gender Conformity and Use of Laxatives and Muscle-Building Products in Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Females and Males" by Jerel Calzo and colleagues. Part of the Sex & Gender oral presentation stream. Oral Scientific Paper Session II, 3:00pm - 4:30pm. Wellesley, 3rd floor.

*The full-program for the conference is available for download as a .pdf here: http://www.aedweb.org/ICED2015/downloads/ICED-15.pdf

People unable to attend can nevertheless follow developments at the conference by using the Twitter hashtag #ICED2015. Include #NAMED in your tweets about males with eating disorders and we will collate them at the end of the conference.

Did we miss a talk, poster or forum about males? Let us know and we'll include it.
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The Research Section of the NAMED website has recently been updated. The page provides titles and links to key articles about males with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, eating disorders not otherwise specified, and muscle dysmorphia. Information is also available about DSM5 eating disorders along with other key articles about eating disorders in males.

Thanks to Tiffany Brown for compiling the bulk of the eating disorder listings, Aaron Blashill and Leigh Cohn for adding a number of listings, and Tom Wooldridge for orchestrating its posting. The Muscle Dysmorphia list was provided by Scott Griffiths, Stuart Murray, and Aaron Blashill.

Click here to access the research page: http://namedinc.org/?page_id=142
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