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Ross’ Story - anorexia and bulimia from a young man’s perspective

November 29th, 2005

Although eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are most commonly associated with teen and college age women, the number of male anorexic and bulimic patients has been growing in recent years. Ross, a male college student currently recovering from eating disorders, recently shared some thoughts about his experience:

It started innocently enough, a way to get back at the one who ruled my life with an iron fist, however, it began to consume every aspect of my early life. A year or so in, I started believing that I didn’t deserve food, that if I wasn’t who everyone thought I should be, I stumbled, if I found life to be difficult, I was something less than human. These thoughts, these feelings might not be uncommon to an eleven year old, but my desperation grew exponentially until my depression peaked at thirteen.

There was no where else to go. I found myself carefully compiling my final thoughts on this earth, apologizing to those I had failed, wishing my peers luck, praying and hoping that there was some other way, but at that age, options are few and far between.

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