Understanding Anorexia Nervosa in Males: An Integrative Approach

by Tom Wooldridge, PsyD

Because anorexia nervosa has historically been viewed as a disorder that impacts women and girls, there has been little focus on the conceptualization and treatment of males suffering from this complex disorder. Understanding Anorexia Nervosa in Males provides a structure for understanding the male side of the equation combined with practical resources to guide clinical intervention. Presented using an integrative framework that draws on recent research and organizes information from multiple domains into a unified understanding of the interconnected issues at hand, this informative new text provides a comprehensive approach to understanding and treating a widely unrecognized population.

Man Up to Eating Disorders

by Andrew Walen

There are three sections to Man Up to Eating Disorders, starting with the development of my emotional eating experience, and into my first forays into body loathing and dieting. My period of anorexia in late high school and failure out of college due to depression and grief are covered.

Current Findings on Males with Eating Disorders

by Leigh Cohn and Raymond Lemberg
Taylor & Francis / Routledge, 2013

The subgroup of males with eating disorders has been understudied, and this book presents the most comprehensive look at this topic since Arnold Andersen edited the text Males with Eating Disorders in 1990. This monograph represents both original research and reviews of other studies based on a special issue of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, with additional added chapters.

Shattered Image:
My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder

by Brian Cuban
Minds Corporation, 2013

Brian Cuban is a successful lawyer, activist and TV host is living with an enemy that haunted him for over 30 years – his own reflection in the mirror. Through a series of very personal, witty and poignant anecdotes, the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban opens up about his personal battle with a mental disorder known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) in which the sufferer is preoccupied with a distorted sense of self-image and is often afflicted with eating disorders, depression and addiction.

Second Son:
Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life

by Ryan Sallans
TitleTown Publishing, 2013

Second Son is a unique lens on life and love, intimately exploring the transition experience of Ryan Sallans born Kimberly Ann Sallans. Ride alongside Ryan s transition from a child to a body-obsessed young woman with an eating disorder; from female to male, daughter to son, and finally a beloved partner to a cherished fiancee . Ryan candidly shares his struggle to find love and acceptance; a struggle that transcends through every layer of society.

Eating Disorders in Males:
Muscularity and Fragility:
the Two-faced Ianus of Male Identity
(Eating Disorders in the 21st Century)

by Emilia Manzato, Tatiana Zanetti, Malvina Gualandi and Reneata Strumia
Nova Science Publishers, 2011

Eating disorders in males are a complex phenomenon. Eating disorders are less common in males than in females, occurring generally 10 times more frequently in women than in men. In spite of similar symptoms in men and women, men are less likely to be primarily diagnosed as suffering from an eating disorder and they risk to be under-diagnosed.

The Hungry i:
A workbook for partners of men with eating disorders.

by Barbara Lawrence
Greene Bark Press, Inc., 2011

The Hungry i: A work book for partners of men with eating disorders combines the results of scholarly research with practical exercises to help people understand the history,causes and realities of eating disorders in men, a topic about which too little is known. The book offers ways in which partners of men with eating disorders can help not only their partners but also themselves.

Fat Boy Thin Man

by Michael Prager
Fisherblue Press, 2010

Fat from an early age, the author had an obese adolescence that last into his 30s. Despite having lost more than 130 pounds three times, he weighed 365 in October 1991, when he began accepting that he might be a food addict, and undertaking the practices and treatments designed for alcoholics. “Fat Boy Thin Man” relates what it was like to grow up fat, what it was like to experience reliable improvement in his health and lifestyle, and what about his experience relates to others.

The Invisible Man:
A Self-help Guide for Men With Eating Disorders, Compulsive Exercise and Bigorexia

by John Morgan
Taylor & Francis / Routledge, 2008

Increasingly boys and men are suffering with eating disorders and related body image problems. Some have full-blown conditions such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating, compulsive exercising or bigorexia. Others are distressed by slightly lesser degrees of disordered eating or over-exercise and seek ways of overcoming their problems.

Skinny Boy:
A Young Man’s Battle and Triumph Over Anorexia

by Gary A. Grahl
American Legacy Media, 2007

Gary Grahl was both handsome and popular, a boy whose athletic abilities attracted the attention of the big leagues . . . until “IT,” a shaming inner-voice that convinced him to be ever thinner. His out-of-control compulsion to exercise and starve himself led to multiple hospitalizations, and a life and death battle to win control over the pervasive and dangerous “IT.”

Counselling for Eating Disorders in Men
(Living Therapy Series)

Richard Bryant-Jeffries
Radcliffe Publishing, 2005

LIVING THERAPY SERIES For more information on other titles in this series please click here According to the Eating Disorders Association there is a general lack of recognition of eating disorders in men making it more difficult for male patients to access specialist services although clients with problems connected with over-eating under-eating and poor eating form a significant proportion of counsellors’ lists.

Hiding Under the Table

by Dennis Henning and Patricia Woods
Americana Publishing, Inc., 2004

$300.00 a day food habit, 300 laxatives a day, prostitution: These are a few of the ways Dennis Henning numbed himself to deal with his “silent killer”, an eating disorder. This is the raw, uncompromising account of a man who suffered from an eating disorder, and how for years the medical establishment would not take his anguish seriously because he was a male.

Looking Good:
Male Body Image in Modern America

Lynne Luciano
Hill and Wang, 2002

Not so long ago, what the average American man did mattered more than how he looked. Since the 1970s, however, projecting the right look has become more and more essential, and men are spending millions of dollars on fitness training, bodybuilding, hair replacement, and cosmetic surgery in the relentless pursuit of physical perfection.

Making Weight:
Healing Men’s Conflicts with Food, Weight, and Shape

by Arnold Andersen, Leigh Cohn and Thomas Holbrook
G├╝rze Books, 2000

The negative body-image epidemic that affects millions of women is also a hidden problem for millions of men. In spite of a decade-long emphasis on health and fitness – or perhaps because of it – more men are suffering from a variety of eating disorders and self-abusive behaviors. Using vignettes from their patients, the authors present a new program to help men overcome these problems.

The Adonis Complex:
How to Identify, Treat and Prevent Body Obsession in Men and Boys

by Harrison Pope, Katherine Phillips, and Roberto Olivardia
Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2000

Trying everything from compulsive weight lifting to steroids, more and more boys and men are taking the quest for physical perfection beyond the bounds of normal behavior. The Adonis Complex — the groundbreaking book that first gave a name to this phenomenon and sparked nationwide interest in the subject — identifies for the first time the symptoms and warning signs of this dangerous problem

Bitter Ice:
A Memoir of Love, Food, and Obsession

by Barbara Lawrence
HarperCollins Publishers, 1999

With sensitivity and compassion, Lawrence chronicles her husband’s life-threatening eating disorder from the time when he was an accomplished 6’1″ college athlete, through hospitalization and therapy when he weighed just over one hundred pounds, to the final days of their marriage twenty-seven years later.

Males With Eating Disorders

by Arnold Andersen
Taylor & Francis / Routledge, 1990

Contributions from researchers and clinicians in the US and abroad who have worked closely with males suffering from eating disorders address the physiological, psychological, cultural and existential aspects of these generally neglected but apparently increasing problems.

My Monster Within: My Story

by Vic Avon (Author), Donna Gallagher (Contributor), Dr Marnie Fegan (Contributor)
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010

My Monster Within provides an autobiographical account of one man’s life before, during, and in recovery from Anorexia Nervosa. This is an inside glimpse into a world that few people know about or understand. It is written as an attempt to review the author’s life and to figure out how he became the person he is.