Jeremy's Journey- A Male's (Fatal) Battle with Bulimia and Anorexia
You may not have ever heard of Jeremy Gillitzer, but if not, you missed knowing about anincredibly neat man. A former model, Jeremy struggled with anorexia for years. He died two weeks ago, a shadow of his former self. Weighing only 68 pounds.
Jeremy may have been an extreme example, but more men than ever are suffering from eating disorders. Earlier this year, Harvard researchers released the results of the first major nationwide mental health survey to include eating disorders. It found that men accounted for 25 percent of anorexia and bulimia cases and a full 40 percent of binge eaters. "These disorders are less common in men, but maybe not quite as rare as we once thought," says Dr. James I. Hudson, the study's lead author.
I hesitate to use this photo of Jeremy, for fear it may be triggering. However, because he is now dead, I feel more confident in using it. If he were alive, I would be more afraid of using this image as an ideal. My hope is that the fact that he died will make this more powerful.