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Eating Disorders in Male Athletes Eating disorders are normally associated with teenage, non-athlete females. Though while it is unusual for males to develop eating disorders, it does happen. About ten percent of all reported eating disorders are in male patients (“Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia.” TeensHealth). What causes eating disorders in general? Eating disorders are not exempt from the Nature vs. Nurture debate. Part of it is whether or not an individual is genetically predisposed to an eating disorder. This has been shown by several so-called “twins-studies” (Eating Disorder Athletes: Female athletes who are obsessed by food and body weight can develop anorexia athletica,” pponline.co.uk), which involves studying the behavior of sets of separated identical twins. Certain social and family situations also contribute to eating disorders. One of these situations could be a dysfunctional family life. Other triggers could include difficulty expressing emotions, actual or feared sexual abuse, difficulty coping with stress, low self esteem, and even good old fashioned peer pressure. Dysfunctional families: difficulty expressing emotions, actual/feared sexual abuse, difficulty coping with stress, low self-esteem, (pponline.co.uk). Between athletes and non-athletes, who is more prone to eating disorders? “Studies have shown that athletes are far more prone to developing eating disorders than
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