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Abusing Supplements – A New Eating Disorder for Men

For many men, particularly young men, achieving that lean and muscular physique that Justin Bieber and Zac Efron are famous for is the goal for their gym routine. But when working out just isn’t enough, many of them are turning to supplements, powders, and protein bars to help. So what are the issues with these legal supplements? Studies are showing that many are abusing these bodybuilding supplements and, for some, the end result is a new and very concerning eating disorder in men.

In an attempt to achieve what they consider the perfect body, many of the men who incorporate supplements into their diet are substituting them for meals in an effort to lose weight faster. What makes this practice even more risky is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate these supplements.

A study presented to the American Psychological Association recently found that of 200 men, aged 18 to 65, who took supplements in the past month, 40% said their use had increased over time, 22% said they used supplements to replace their meals, and 29% expressed concern about using them. The study went on to say that major causes of the abuse are factors like dissatisfaction with one’s body, low self-esteem, and the perception that they are not meeting society’s expectation of masculinity.

This study has gained tremendous interest and concern, because it is possibly identifying a new eating disorder, one that blurs the line between a gym-obsessed young man, and one who could be placing his health in jeopardy.  If you’re having trouble differentiating between the two, the staff of Rebecca’s House can help. We understand eating disorders and how to treat them. Call us today at 1-800-711-2062 to learn more.


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