In today’s episode with Dr. Robert Olivardia, we’ll talk about the growing number of studies that show an increase in men with eating disorders.

Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Associate at McLean Hospital.He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, MA, where he specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and body image issues in boys and men. He is co-author of The Adonis Complex, a book which details the various manifestations of body image problems in men.


A growing number of studies are showing an increase in men with eating disorders. For men, there is an even greater stigma and even less awareness about eating disorders, which makes it difficult for them to get treatment. If you have an eating disorder, you may not recognize that your son, or a male in your family is at increased risk for an eating disorder. You may not also realize that your negative statements about your own body can affect the boys in your life. Learn more about how eating disorders present in boys and men on this podcast.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode:

  • Boys and men can have eating disorders too
  • Body image issues in men are different than those in women
  • Eating disorders run in families for men and women
  • Boys and men are being more influenced by media images than in the past

Resources for men and eating disorders:

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