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Author's Department

Writing

Date Submitted

2017

Research Mentor and Department

Colin Bassett- Writing

Restricted/Unrestricted

Unrestricted

Abstract

Today, many individuals develop eating disorders; however, eating disorders are typically associated with women. In this paper, I declare that male eating disorders are stigmatized due to the feminization of eating disorders. I explain why this stigma exists and how this bias inhibits professionals from conducting objective research on male eating disorders and diagnosing them correctly. I illustrate how the stigma prevents men from recognizing their own unhealthy behaviors and can deter individuals from recognizing eating disorder-related behaviors in other men. Throughout the essay, I provide my own analysis regarding how to combat the stigmatization of eating disorders. By writing this paper, I hope that my readers have a better understanding of the implications surrounding the stigmatization of male eating disorders.