27 Feb '16, 12am

Important read, but not just a female issue. Plenty of males struggle too. I've been there.

Important read, but not just a female issue. Plenty of males struggle too. I've been there.

In December of 2004, I was messing around online when I stumbled upon “The Thin Men,” a lengthy piece Kevin Beck wrote a few years before for Running Times that went in-depth on the taboo topic of eating disorders among male distance runners. I was fresh out of college and, unbeknownst to me at the time, in some of the toughest stages of my own struggle with eating and body image. Beck’s piece really hit home. I was reluctant to admit to anyone—most importantly, myself—that I had a problem. Luckily, that article, along with a well-timed injury (sometimes they really are a blessing in disguise) and a lot of support from family and friends helped me to not only recognize the damage I was doing to myself, but also to take the steps toward turning around a bad situation. Men don’t like to talk about eating disorders, but that doesn’t mean it’s an issue that shouldn’t be discus...

Full article: http://running.competitor.com/2015/03/staff-blog/the-insi...

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