Cockeysville, MD (PressExposure) August 21, 2014 -- Starting early in his childhood, psychotherapist Andrew Walen, LCSW-C, struggled with body image. The first sentence of his recently released new book, Man Up to Eating Disorders, available on Amazon in both paperback and e-book format, captures the shame he felt about his weight and appearance in a few powerful words: "Ever since I was a kid, I've struggled with thinking I am ugly and fat." That shame led Walen to develop serious eating and body image disorders that lasted well into adulthood.
Walen, who founded The Body Image Therapy Center in Columbia, Maryland and practices psychotherapy there, wrote the memoir and self-help book to help other men and boys struggling with eating, exercise and body image disorders understand that they are not alone and that, with support, there is a way to overcome these issues. In the book, he shares his experiences with anorexia, binge eating, exercise bulimia, the underlying origins of these issues in his life and his process of recovery and self-acceptance.
"This book is to help guys come together, create their own tribe, talk recovery in their own language," explains Walen. "Straight, gay, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, whatever your background - if it's anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, compulsive exercise, steroid abuse or some combination of any or all of the above; we are all part of the same brotherhood. We are all dealing with the same core issues of belonging, perfectionism, control, identity, independence, and insecurity. The book is for all men looking for some way to break the shame cycle of their disorder and find real connection to themselves and their loved ones."
In his practice, Walen specializes in working with men with eating disorders, substance abuse, body image issues, anxiety and depression. He has appeared on the Today Show and Baltimore/DC area TV and radio stations, as well as in the New York Times as an expert in the field of eating disorders. In addition, he is the author of numerous articles and leader of workshops on eating disorders, body image disturbance, exercise addiction, and binge eating disorder.
For more information contact, Andrew Walen, LCSW-C -? Founder, Executive Director, Psychotherapist at The Body Image Therapy Center atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can purchase "Man Up to Eating Disorders" on iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble or for an eBook version available in all formats visit: my.bookbaby.com/book/man-up-to-eating-disorders.