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Remuda Ranch Seeks to Increase Awareness of Eating Disorders Among Males During National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW), February 22-28, 2009
Date:2/18/2009

PHOENIX, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- As National Eating Disorders Awareness Week approaches, 2009 brings yet another year of unhealthy weight loss resolutions and body image issues for millions of Americans, including men and boys.

"Educating the public and healthcare professionals about males and eating disorders is so important because hundreds of thousands of males suffer from these disorders and very few professionals would even consider an eating disorder as a diagnosis for a male," said eating disorder expert, Sam Lample, assistant clinical director of ReddStone, a Remuda Ranch Program for Boys. (http://www.remudaranch.com/reddstone/index.php)

From a sociological perspective, the male body has become a major marketing tool and images of the male body have become hyper-sexualized, much like with the female body. This has resulted in males beginning to scrutinize their own external beauty as females have done for decades.

"There is evidence that the more a man or boy adheres to typical male stereotypes the more psychological illnesses these men and boys will develop," adds Lample. "Hypersensitive boys who lack coping skills and who know they are different from the stereotype sometimes feel tremendous shame which can lead to an eating disorder."

The mission of NEDAW is to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses, not choices. It's important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape these disorders.

"There is a real stigma associated with males and eating disorders," said Lample. "The diagnostic criteria for eating disorders are considered gender biased and eating disorders in boys and men are often ruled ou
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