04/06/2012 10:08 am ET

The Silent Victims: More Men Have Eating Disorders Than Ever Before

Teen girls aspiring to look like their favorite celebrity or women starving themselves for weeks trying to fit into their favorite dress are the stereotypical images people think of when they hear about eating disorders. But an eating disorder is a disease that does not discriminate, and a growing number of men are now afflicted with this illness. The National Eating Disorder Association reports that one million men suffer from an eating disorder, but only 10 percent of those men seek treatment.

As the eating disorder coordinator at The Menninger Clinic, one of the nation's leading psychiatric hospitals, I realize that societal, family, and peer pressures are factors that can lead to unhealthy eating habits for men.

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