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Why More Boys Are Developing Eating Disorders

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For decades, it’s been primarily women and girls who tend to be diagnosed with eating disorders. But recent research shows that adolescent boys are prone to disordered eating as well, though they may exhibit different symptoms from girls. Where disordered eating in girls can focus on thinness, in boys, eating disorders can be complicated by athletic training or a desire for increased muscle mass, making it harder to diagnose under current criteria. We talk about the challenges of diagnosing and treating eating disorders in boys, and we’ll hear from you. Do you have a personal experience with an eating disorder?

If you are struggling with an eating disorder and are in need of support, you can find resources and helplines at https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/get-help/

Guests:

Dr. Jason Nagata, adolescent medicine specialist, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

Tim Tollefson, professional ultrarunner and race director, Mammoth Trail Fest

John Schu, librarian and writer. He is the author of "Louder Than Hunger."

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