I just came across an article on some very touching stories on how young boys were striving to become something they weren’t.
“Okemos, Mich.: Susan Barry, 60, spends every day wishing she had known more about male anorexia when her son, TJ Warschefsky, was still alive. He died in 2007 at the age of 22 after an eight-year battle with the disease. His heart gave out in the middle of his nightly routine of 1,000 sit-ups. He weighed 78 pounds.”
“Brick, N.J.: Lindsey Avon and her 28-year-old husband Victor have been together for 10 years. But when Victor decided to lose some weight in college, Lindsey had no idea what he was really going through. It wasn’t until Victor checked himself into an inpatient eating disorder treatment center that Lindsey, 29, realized her then-boyfriend was fatally anorexic.”
“Santa Cruz, Calif.: Nearly all of Avi Sinai’s school friends were girls, who constantly talked about how “fat” they were and how they longed to be thinner. Avi’s mom and his girlfriends’ mothers were shocked that Avi, just 10 at the time, was the one who succumbed to the obsession with being skinny.”
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, at least one million males in the United States are battling anorexia or bulimia. However, since many people consider females as the primary source of eating disorders, this number is most likely incorrect, not accounting for all the males out there suffering. It appears that this disorder is becoming increasingly more common in boys, and sadly, most information on anorexia has been personalized toward females which may make males feel more uncomfortable about seeking treatment and getting help.