This is a hard one for me, because I don't know any men personally who struggle with an eating disorder - or, maybe I do, and I just don't know about it. Who knows?
The treatment center I went to only allowed women into the program - so I never got to know another male who struggled, ever. And even in blogging land, I'd say that 98% of the people who blog about their eating disorders are women - at least in my own, personal experience. So, no opportunities really for me to meet men in Blogging Land, either. Though I really wish there were.
Photo - Mila playing in her new fat kitty shirt I bought her on my trip. I missed that face!
But just because I don't know any guys who have an eating disorder, doesn't of course mean that there aren't any - I know that's not true. And it must be so hard for them, to struggle with a disease that is so commonly thought of as just something women struggle with - that's sucky stigma, right there. I can maybe imagine that a man suffering with an eating disorder is probably about as scary to talk about as a woman who has a serious pornography addiction - yes, I don't doubt there are women out there who struggle with that, but because it's such a predominant addiction that men have, it's probably scary and hard and embarrassing to admit that she struggles with it. Likewise for a man struggling with an eating disorder.
Eating disorders don't freaking discriminate. Old, young, black, white, male, female, you name it, you can get it. And even though I don't personally know any men who struggle, I still salute you, if you are reading this. I hope that you can be brave and fight and know you can get through this.
To some you may be "forgotten," but on this day, I'm going to remember you.