Castlewood provides focused male eating disorder treatment in each of our levels of care. Men and women of all ages have been diagnosed with eating disorders, and an estimated 25-40% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male. Additionally, prevalence of eating disorders in males is greater than estimated because men are often too stigmatized to seek treatment for “women’s problems.”
Castlewood treats men with all types of eating disorders, from age 16 and above. Our approach is tailored to meet the specific needs of each client, but our clinicians have an understanding that the particular needs and concerns of men with eating disorders can be uniquely male, due to societal views and influences. Co-occurring issues affect men with eating disorders as frequently as women.
Approaches to Male Eating Disorder Treatment
Castlewood’s approach is tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. Men are housed in the same residence as women, with single bedrooms. Men participate in groups and meals with women, but have the opportunity for peer interaction and support with other men receiving male eating disorder treatment at Castlewood. Research has shown that attention to gender dynamics is critical in the process of treatment.
Treatment for men is both similar and different than for women. While some men have very comparable developmental pathways or “causes” for their eating disorders to those of women, other men do not. Each client at Castlewood explores the issues that gave rise to the development of their own unique eating disorder. Most clients of both sexes have issues with gender identity and sexuality. Gender and sexuality issues for men can be quite different than for women, and must be explored in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
Family dynamics, social stigma, and body image concerns for men with eating disorders are often very different than for females. Our professional clinicians understand these differences, and work with each client to create a therapeutic treatment plan that is unique for each client’s needs. We work closely with each client receiving male eating disorder treatment at Castlewood to address all aspects of their complete clinical picture, and help them reclaim their lives.