Eating Disorders Are Not A Female-Only Affliction

We need to end the stigma surrounding men’s struggle with body image

Kim Fedyk
Bitchy

--

Photo by Nate Neelson on Unsplash

A few weeks ago, a male friend opened up to me about his struggles with maintaining a healthy relationship with food, exercise, weight, and self-love.

When he first started speaking, I admit that my mind scoffed at the idea that he would have anything valuable to say. What could a man possibly know about struggling with food, weight, or food-based self-love?

These are women’s problems. Men don’t feel these pressures the same way we do.

Right?

But I kept my face neutral and heard him out. And I am forever grateful that I did and that he felt safe sharing his story with me. The more he spoke, the more embarrassed I became and the more humbled I grew.

He told me how he had fought with body dysmorphia most of his life and had felt intense pressure to exercise constantly just to be able to love the person he saw in the mirror. He described how it became so bad that at one point in his life, he would spend his whole day either thinking about exercise or actually exercising — to the exclusion of all else.

To the point of doing harm to his body.

--

--

Kim Fedyk
Bitchy

Published author, wife and mom. I blog about motherhood, life and my self-publishing journey