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By: Alejandro Martnez Izquierdo

Although more women are associated with it than men, anorexia is a disease that would wreak havoc among men, mainly aged 13 to 18 years old.

Fighting Association Against Bulimia and Anorexia (ALUBA, Asociacin Lucha contra la Bulimia y la Anorexia) revealed that in recent years it increased by 44% the number of cases of these diseases among men, especially in adolescent between 13 and 18. According to experts, bulimia is more dangerous in men than in women because they eat larger amounts of food and they may vomit between 10 to 15 times per day.
"Bulimia and anorexia in men are more severe and difficult diseases to treat," said Rosa Labanco, medical nutritionist and member of the Argentina Society of Obesity and Eating Disorders (Saota). The expert admits that the treatment causes some problems between doctors because almost all the experience they have is based on women cases.

The former model Jeremy Gillitzer, hided behind his muscles a mixture of anorexia with bulimia, that brought to light a hidden problem. Jeremy Gillitzer spent 25 years battling anorexia and bulimia. 10 years ago he seemed to be winning: it was a model by profession, work was going well, but after a breakup that plunged him into a depression, Jeremys body today is skeletal. When you hit rock bottom at age 36, weighing only 38 kilos. After resorting to a specialist in eating disorders, makes it possible to return to a normal life. The former model says she is disgusted by his appearance, but has no qualms in talking about the time when daily binge eating and then was subjected to purges.

Ron Saxenha, a fashion model, has even written a book in which denounces struggled with anorexia, which was about to finish him in his bid to remain employed by fashion houses. "My routine was to get up, have a coffee, run nine miles, take a second coffee, do twenty mile bike, take a small break and then do twenty long pool. Designers are looking for models that can compete with women in thinness and present an androgynous look.

Many medical problems are directly associated with bulimic behavior, including: Tooth erosion, cavities, and gum problems Water retention, swelling, and abdominal bloating Low potassium levels Irregular menstrual periods Swallowing problems and esophagus damage Drug and alcohol abuse

Bulimia nervosa is treated with a combination of

psychotherapy and medication. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is given along with nutritional counseling, is the preferred psychotherapeutic approach. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as fluoxetine (Prozac, generic), are the first choice for drug therapy.

Anorexia nervosa can increase the risk for serious health problems such as:
Hormonal changes including reproductive, thyroid, stress,

and growth hormones Heart problems such as abnormal heart rhythm Electrolyte imbalance Fertility problems Bone density loss Anemia Neurological problems

Unlike bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa does not

respond well to drug treatment, although SSRIs are sometimes used as an adjunct to psychotherapy. Nutritional rehabilitation therapy, which may include the entire family, is an important part of the treatment process. Patients who are severely underweight and who have other physical risks may need to be hospitalized while weight is restored. rticles/eating-disorders