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Men: What's It Like Having An Eating Disorder?

Let's break the stereotype that only women deal with these problems.

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When it comes to eating disorders, there's one side of it that often goes unheard: that men deal with them, too.

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According to the National Association Of Eating Disorders (NEDA), 20 million women and 10 million men in the US will be diagnosed with some kind of eating disorder in their life.

That includes anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and other specified feeding or eating disorders (collectively known as OSFED).

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According to NEDA, OSFEDs are feeding or eating disorders that cause "significant distress or impairment," but don't fall neatly into the category of other eating disorders. A few examples of OSFED: purging (without binging), night eating syndrome, and bulimia and binging with less-frequent occurrences.

Maybe you're dealing with one of these issues. Maybe you wish the conversation around eating disorders included the experiences of men.

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Well, here's a chance to speak up. We want to hear about what your experiences have been like as a man with an eating disorder.

Maybe you want people to know about how it all began.

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It could have been from trying to reach a certain weight in order to play on a sports team. Or maybe you tried dieting just to see what happened, but then became obsessed with how you looked, and got into something more restrictive. Maybe it was a way to forget about all the other things you're going through.

Or maybe you want to talk about how other people have reacted to it.

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Someone (or more than just one person) might've told you that eating disorders aren't a man's issue. Maybe they even told you to get over whatever feelings you harbor that keep your disorder going. Or on the flip side, the majority of people you told could have been really supportive — giving you the morale boost you needed to deal with the disorder.

Maybe there's something you want to say about your path to recovery.

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The good and the bad. The struggles and the victories. Allll the things you learned.

Or maybe you just want to express the thoughts and feelings you go through every day.

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Like the anxieties, fears, and insecurities that might have fueled the disorder. Or the hope and optimism that one day you're going to be better.

We want to hear about your life with an eating disorder.

You can submit your story via the dropbox below, or, if you prefer anonymity, feel free to use the form below. You can also view the form here, if that's easier.

Your submission could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Health post.

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