EHN Canada


Men and Eating Disorders

With Joanna Anderson, MSW, RSW, Executive Director at Bellwood Health Services and Gateway Recovery Centre

And Ary Maharaj, Outreach Coordinator at NEDIC

Despite increased efforts by the eating disorder community to bring awareness and prevention of male eating disorders, it is still often stigmatized as a female issue. Since males often want to be perceived as strong, masculine and independent – this can hinder their willingness to ask for help. Many men avoid seeking treatment for eating disorders because of their feelings of shame, due to a common belief that eating disorders are a female issue, not male. In a poll of adolescents, cited by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), researchers found that 33 percent of males used unhealthy behaviors to control weight. These boys may have used exercise, diet changes, or both in order to drop pounds and make their bodies slimmer. Those behaviors could become yet more intense with time. Join Joanna Anderson on Thursday, April 7 as she provides her expertise and insight while leading the Men and Eating Disorders educational webinar.


  • Discuss the stigma and shame men feel when seeking treatment for an eating disorder
  • Evidence based overview of treatment options for eating disorders
  • Introduction to local treatment programs

Date: April 7, 2022 – 12pm ET, 9am PT 
Duration: 1-hour (45-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A) 

The content presented in this webinar was accurate at time of broadcast.