Are Men and Women the same when it comes to eating disorders?

I’ve been reading about men and women and eating disorders.  I know that some of this all comes at the beginning from a want to “look” a certain way as society expects you to.  But having read some of the male issues, I’m wondering.  We, both genders, suffer from physical issues, but more so we also suffer from emotional issues, which are, in my opinion, the reason that an eating disorder grows into something more than just physical.  It becomes mental.  I don’t mean that in a mean way, I mean it as it becomes a subconscious search for why it is that the transformation of our body becomes so important, and so negative.  Why would a man who was so physically fit decide to not eat and lose all that weight?  Why would a woman who is so beautifully well endowed decide to lose all that weight.  Marilyn Monroe would not lose that weight, neither would Elizabeth Taylor.  Their beauty was based on their womanhood.  I can’t really think of anyone today to equate that beauty to, but I can equate The Rock not wanting to lose his weight, or my wonderful love of my life in movies Billy Crystal.  But you look at Justin Bieber and wonder why he needs those abs to make women like him?  Or any other guy who not only has the abs but is underweight!!  Are women coming back and telling the men that now they need to have a six pack to equate to their size “0”?  Interesting.  This type of competition is pathetic and the media still feeds it to the young, and the older.  Please do tell how many 50 year olds are on television without either botox or some kind of fixing up that is not done just naturally.  Unbelievable world we live in.  Wish I lived in the time when Ruben painted the most beautiful women, and the men didn’t care about their six packs.

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