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Editor's e-Note
In a world where gender stereotypes are starting to break down, we’ve got a way to go when it comes to eating disorders. It’s fair to say that most of us still associate eating disorders with women, but this month’s E-News Exclusive will show that men are affected by these disorders, too.

The disorders manifest in both similar and different ways in men and women, but they are always isolating and shame inducing. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric conditions and are among the most difficult to treat. Being male compounds the difficulty of seeking treatment when someone is not expected to have a disorder that most believe to be a “female illness.”

Read our E-News Exclusive to learn more about how men with eating disorders are starting to recognize their symptoms and, more importantly, seek treatment.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
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Male Eating Disorders — Gender Differences and Similarities
By Lindsey Getz

It’s well known that eating disorders traditionally are associated with females. Unfortunately that association may be causing fewer men to be diagnosed and ultimately get the treatment they need. In fact, the National Eating Disorders Association has dubbed male eating disorders a silent epidemic because it estimates that as many as 10 million U.S. males will have a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life.

However, issues such as gender role conflict and traditional masculine ideals mean that many males will never seek help for an eating disorder. Though the treatment for men and women is very much the same, many males never get the same chance for recovery.

“Eating disorders do not discriminate, and that’s true of age, race, class, and of course gender,” says Megan Garrett, LCSW, day treatment program team leader at The Renfrew Center of Northern New Jersey. “But eating disorders have developed a stereotype that says it’s a woman’s disease. As a result, there may be a bit of a shame aspect of men coming forward, making them less likely to get help.”

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The Washington Post reports that many consumers are struggling to understand complexities of the new health insurance language and regulations.

Study Links Depression to Heart Disease in Women Under 55
According to CNN, a new study shows that women under 55 are twice as likely to have a heart attack or die of heart disease if they have experienced moderate to severe depression.

Patients Needing Pain Medication and Their MDs Worry About Addiction
NPR reports that individuals needing pain medications and their physicians weigh the risk of addiction with the benefits of pain relief.
Dedicated & Deserving Social Workers
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