Bringing Men to the Table: Recognizing & Treating Eating Disorders in Male Clients

Key considerations for working with male clients

Andrew Walen, LCSW, LICSW, CEDS-S

Males, long thought to make up just 1 in 10 eating disorder cases, require help in ever greater numbers.

Latest research indicates males represent up to a third of those identified with anorexia and bulimia, half with binge eating, and the majority with muscle dysmorphia.

To identify and treat males, it takes a complete re-think of what you assume eating disorders look like and how to assist those who are struggling with the deadliest mental illness in the DSM.

In this short video, Andrew Walen, LCSW-C, LICSW, CEDS-S, provides an overview of the key considerations for recognizing eating disorders in male clients, as well as their unique treatment needs.

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Meet the Expert:
Andrew Walen, LCSW, LICSW, CEDS-S, is the founder of DUDE Mental Health, psychotherapist, and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor with a specific focus on males with eating disorders. He was the founder of The Body Image Therapy Center and Vice President of Eating Disorders Treatment for Refresh Mental Health. Andrew has appeared on The Today Show, was featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Men's Health, and many other national and local media outlets as an expert in the field of eating disorders and body image. In addition, he has authored numerous articles and presented workshops at national and international eating disorder conferences. He authored Man Up to Eating Disorders, which is a memoir and self-help book directed at males with eating disorders. Andrew is the immediate past-President of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders (NAMED), which merged with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in November 2019. He currently serves as NEDA's Senior Advisor on Males with Eating Disorders and as the Certification Chair for the Baltimore chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). He is also a past founding board member of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA).

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Topic: Disordered Eating

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