Male Eating Disorders


Many people mistakenly believe males can’t develop health issues like anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating. While these potentially life-threatening conditions are more common among females, they can affect both men and women. In fact, the number of male eating disorder patients is on the rise.

If you’re not sure whether you’re suffering from an eating disorder, take a look at the following questions. If you answer “yes” to any of these, we recommend talking to a professional such as one at Fairwinds Treatment Center:

  • Are you an adult male or adolescent boy who is obsessed with food and body weight?
  • Do you follow rigid exercise routines or severely restrict your caloric intake to try and lose fat?
  • Do you engage in episodes of binge eating followed by purging, either through exercise, induced vomiting, laxatives or diuretics?
  • Do you compulsively eat even when you’re not hungry?

Underlying Issues

In order to properly treat eating disorders, professionals need to address the patient’s underlying psychological, mental or emotional challenges, such as anxiety and stress. Under the guidance Fairwinds Treatment Centers’ Dr. Pauline Powers, a world-renowned eating disorder expert, we use a unique dual diagnosis methodology to promote comprehensive wellness.

Psychiatric Disorders

People who require treatment for eating disorders also tend to display signs of psychiatric disorders such as significant depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Fairwinds Treatment Center, one of the only dually-licensed psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities in the nation to earn accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, is uniquely positioned to address every challenge that stands between a patient and recovery.

In our decades of experience helping adolescents and adult males combat eating disorders, we’ve discovered that males respond well to treatment. That is, they gain weight at the same rate as our female patients. We credit the gender diversity in our therapeutic treatment program, which helps all of our patients work toward recovery by stimulating other individuals’ desires to recover.



If you are ready to discuss treatment for yourself or a loved one, the Fairwinds admissions team is here to help.

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Why Choose Fairwinds Treatment Center

Fairwinds Treatment Center is one of the top eating disorder treatment centers in the world. Our specialists, Dr. Khal El-Yousef and Dr. Pauline Powers, understand the complexities of these ailments and the underlying psychological conditions that cause them, and implement clinically backed methods to help adult men and women and adolescent boys and girls uncover and overcome the root causes of their disorders, even while assisting in their physical recovery.

At Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida, we provide a unique and effective treatment approach that combines psychological and emotional support with nutritional guidance. Our medical professionals know that every patient is fighting their own intensely personal battle. With that in mind, our Eating Disorder programs are tailored to the needs of each individual and their family. We operate a small, comfortable residential treatment center where you or your loved one can take the time necessary to truly heal.

Dr. Pauline Powers is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading researcher, educator and trainer in the continually evolving field of eating disorder treatment, and has 40 years of experience fighting this fight. She currently sits on the Scientific Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Screening Program and the Editorial Board of the Eating Disorders Review and has also served as the founding President of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), President of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and founding member of the Eating Disorders Research Society.

If you or your loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, there is no time to waste. Contact Fairwinds Treatment Center today by phone or via our online form to start the journey toward treatment and recovery.

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