The idea of male anorexics is difficult for many people to wrap their heads around, since they're not heard from —or talked about - very often. But the documentary I'm a Boy Anorexic, which aired recently on BBC America, follows the story of a few of them. Interestingly, the film also illuminates the issue as it pertains to girls. Listening to the boys' stories on what triggered their anorexia, it's clear that many of their triggers are those found in girls: They were teased by kids in school for being chubby, they wanted to emulate celebrity heroes, etc. The fact that less boys suffer from this is merely evidence that this disease isn't gender specific, but the amount of societal pressures are.
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