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By: Bianca Bartz - Published: Sep 8, 2007 • References: maleanorexia.net and blogs.guardian
Eating disorders don't just target women; in fact, 10% of anorexics are male, and that number is on a steady increase.

"One might assume there would be great differences between the male and female versions of anorexia, but in fact the two are nearly identical," MaleAnorexia.net said. The signs and symptoms of eating disorders are similar for both genders and include a negative body image, decreased libido, an obsession with working out (exercise bulimia), depression, compulsive calorie counting, perfectionism, avoiding social situations (especially where food is involved), thinning hair, muscle-loss and fatigue.

"Complications which specifically affect male anorexia include the fact that men with anorexia lose more muscle and tissue than women, who will instead lose body fat," the site continues. "The fact that muscle and tissue is more often lost in men is very detrimental to the body. This makes male anorexia far more dangerous than most cases of female anorexia."