Male anorexia or also known as ‘Manorexia’ was typically thought to be a disorder affecting only teenage girls or women. It is however, just a term generally used to distinguish male patients suffering from anorexia. Whatever the name given, just like anorexia, Manorexia is subject to the same consequences as the one affecting their female counterpart.

Male anorexia or also known as ‘Manorexia’ was typically thought to be a disorder affecting only teenage girls or women. It is however, just a term generally used to distinguish male patients suffering from anorexia. Whatever the name given, just like anorexia, Manorexia is subject to the same consequences as the one affecting their female counterpart.

Male Anorexia or Manorexia is known to be more prevalent in homosexual males than heterosexuals. This has raised some concerned, since homosexual not only have to live with the stigma of their sexuality but also now having a predominantly female eating disorder.

Previously, the topic of male anorexia is not talked or written about very much. However, due to the increase in male anorexia, it is now being recognized as an issue as more men are relying on some form of diet to maintain a trim and masculine image.

What is Anorexia?

Anorexia is described as an eating disorder.

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It is usually due to an obsession and fear of gaining weight. An anorexic also have the tendency to have low body weight and body image distortion.

Signs to look out:

  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Poor body image
  • Frequent exercise
  • Depression
  • Thinning hair
  • Low body weight
  • Fatigue
  • Weak muscles
  • Obsessive-compulsiveness
  • Inability to eat much
  • Taking diet pills on a regular basis
  • Moodiness
  • Lethargy
  • Withdrawal syndromes
  • Excessive exercising

Some of the possible cause of male anorexia is:

  • An attempt to gain pleasurable feelings
  • An attempt to mask pain
  • High anxiety levels
  • Depression

Unlike women sufferers, anorexic man tend to lose more muscles and tissues then woman. Due to this, it makes male anorexia far more dangerous than female anorexia cases. Athletes such as wrestler, ice skaters and jockeys are more commonly know to suffer from male anorexia. However, in this case, anorexia happens more in their restriction of food intake. Male anorexia patients are known to be more active and have more sexual anxieties which in turn will make them ejaculates a smaller amount of sperm. This will cause them to experience refractory period or the inability to have more than one orgasm in a short period of time. The difference between male anorexic patients against a women sufferer is that they have fewer bulimic episodes and have lesser vomiting or laxative abuse.

Even though anorexia is dangerous, be it in male or female, it is often difficult to identify or detect signs of a person is suffering from anorexia. Most of the time, they are very secretive about their condition. Some even go to the extent of denying that they are ill. This could be due to male pride or the fact that most men do not visit the doctor as often as they should.

Anorexia is dangerous and should never be taken lightly. It may cause serious long-term health complications such as:

  • Dental problems
  • Constipation
  • Stomach rupture
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Growth retardation
  • Anemia
  • Loss of kidney functions
  • Osteoporosis
  • Swelling of the salivary gland

If you suspect a member of your family or friends are suffering from male anorexia, please help them. Anorexics sufferers usually deny that they are ill and in most cases they are brought for treatment by family members or close friends. Early treatment such as counseling is imperative in helping them from pressing into more serious anorexic problems. They need psychological and medical help. Male anorexia sufferers can experience the same emotional issues as women. However, unlike the female patients, males are more reluctant to seek treatment. They tend to keep their doubts, fears, imperfections and anxieties to themselves. They think that by doing so, they appear more macho without realizing that the long-term health consequences are more dangerous then they anticipate.

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