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Guys with Eating Disorders: How to Help

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3181e5f26a
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Guys With Eating Disorders: How to Help


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General Purpose:

To provide registered professional nurses with an understanding of the issues, symptoms, and treatments of eating disorders in males.

Learning Objectives:

After reading this article and taking this test, you should be able to:

  1. Identify common features of eating disorders in males.
  2. Explain the potential clinical sequelae and treatment of eating disorders.

1. Males are less likely to seek help for eating disorders because

a. the disorders do not reach the level of severity that they do in females.

b. males are "supposed" to be self-reliant and repress their emotions.

c. males are not likely to develop eating disorders as adults.

d. the disorders usually are self-limiting in males.

2. What often prompts males with eating disorders to seek help?

a. emotional distress

b. the encouragement of friends

c. a physical complaint

d. a desire to be healthy

3. Which statement is true regarding eating disorder symptoms across gender?

a. The single cause of the disorder generally is the same with males and females.

b. The symptoms generally are the same in the acute phase of illness.

c. Eating disorder females exhibit more severe physical symptoms.

d. Females with eating disorders are less likely to acknowledge the need for help.

4. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a weight less than what percent of ideal body weight?

a. 85%

b. 88%

c. 90%

d. 92%

5. What may occur with long-term anorexia?

a. esophageal tears

b. decreased QT interval

c. permanent cognitive deficits

d. thickening of the left ventricular wall

6. Impaired digestion from bulimia results in

a. decreased liver enzymes.

b. hyperalbuminemia.

c. decreased amylase.

d. abdominal bloating.

7. Which of the following may be a sign of a binge eating disorder?

a. lethargy

b. bradycardia

c. low cholesterol

d. hypothermia

8. Which laboratory result may be a sign of bulimia (unrelated to dehydration)?

a. leukocytosis

b. hypermagnesemia

c. hypokalemia

d. hyperglycemia

9. Male anorexic patients may develop

a. decreased testosterone.

b. dental sensitivity.

c. enlarged parotid glands.

d. increased cardiac diameter.

10. Evidence of pubertal delay in boys can include

a. unusually low voice.

b. tall height but low body weight.

c. hypergonadism.

d. lack of facial hair.

11. All of the following are primary reasons why boys develop eating disorders except

a. being teased for being overweight.

b. attempting to improve athletic performance.

c. parental pressure to eat less and be healthy.

d. attempting to improve homosexual relationships.

12. Low self-esteem, typical in persons with eating disorders, may be evidenced by

a. aggressiveness.

b. poor eye contact.

c. erect body posture.

d. assertiveness.

13. Body change manifests itself in

a. avoiding one's reflection.

b. wearing bulky clothing.

c. avoiding talk about one's body.

d. comparing one's body to others.

14. In addition to focusing on thinness, approximately 25% of males at ReddStone focus on

a. height.

b. diet purity.

c. muscle gain.

d. protein intake.

15. What behavior is commonplace among eating disorder males?

a. steroid use

b. substance abuse

c. risk taking behaviors

d. aggression and violence

16. Fifty two percent of the males with eating disorders at ReddStone have at least 1 parent who

a. has abused them.

b. has or has had an eating disorder.

c. has or has had a substance abuse problem.

d. has been treated for depression.

17. Which of the following is not included in the Remuda Model?

a. health

b. help

c. hope

d. healing

18. Therapy at ReddStone often is based on

a. reading and meditation.

b. prayer and fasting.

c. contemplative walks.

d. activity.



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