VIDEO: Men prone to eating disorders too


Ryan DeBlock, a former wrestler lost 25 pounds one year and nearly starved himself to death.  As a survivor of an eating disorder,  he speaks out about his experience that started during wrestling in high school. Although it was many years ago, he still faces difficulty dealing with old habits, like drinking enough water. As a wrestler he was trained to dehydrate his body to drop weight classes in just a matter of weeks.

A common misconception about eating disorders is that it only women suffer from the condition.  According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, one in 10 cases involve males. Several years and hospital trips later DeBlock has recovered. Support by his family and fiancé helped pull him through.

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