This is a guest blog by Adam Lamparello, author of the new book “Ten-Mile Morning: My Journey through Anorexia Nervosa”.

I wrote “Ten-Mile Morning: My Journey through Anorexia Nervosa” to bring attention to the eating disorder community and beyond, that a substantial number of those affected with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are men. My book is designed to shatter the stereotype that eating disorders primarily affect young women because, in fact, this misinformed assumption is having deadly consequences upon those who actually comprise a significant number of those – such as males – who are suffering from eating disorders.

For example, in the last year alone, there has been a sixteen percent increase in males who have been hospitalized for eating disorders. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing stereotype that eating disorders are a “women’s illness,” many men, out of shame and embarrassment, often do not come forward to seek the appropriate support and treatment for their eating disorder and, as a result, suffer in isolation. This can have the potential to cause permanent and even life-threatening consequences for men who could have otherwise had access to the necessary treatment to address their disorder.

As a result, I wrote “Ten-Mile Morning” to share my story – in graphic detail – of one man’s horrific struggle with anorexia. This included the same types of behaviors and characteristics of women with this same illness, namely the abuse of laxatives, diuretics, purging, over-exercise and self-starvation. “Ten-Mile Morning” is graphic in nature to show the true suffering that men are undergoing and the desperate need for immediate access to treatment facilities that either do not accept men or are not providing the same level of care as they do for women.

As the website most appropriately says, “Men Get Eating Disorders, Too,” and they continue to do so at an alarming and increasing rate. Thus, I wrote my book for all of the men who are struggling with anorexia, bulimia or any other eating disorder to let them know that they are not alone, that there is someone who cares about them, that they should not be afraid to seek help for their illness and that, most of all, a full recovery and amazing life is possible.

Ultimately, I hope that “Ten-Mile Morning” can help, support and inspire all people, both men and women, to take that first step and begin the recovery process from their eating disorder. In this way, my book is not only designed for men, but for the eating disorder community as a whole. It seeks to send the message that, no matter how difficult or insurmountable recovery may seem, you have the strength to overcome this illness, live a life where you can pursue your passions and dreams and achieve true happiness.

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