Brian Pollack, LCSW, CEDS-S, is the founder and clinical director of Hilltop Behavioral Health in Summit, NJ. He is an Adjunct Professor at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work and a former board member of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders from 2015-2019. Additionally, Brian is the host of “Minding Men” a local television show exploring the intersection of males, culture and mental health. He has presented nationally on the subject of Men with Eating Disorders and Eating Disorder Awareness including conferences such as the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals, NYC Department of Health, Princeton Medical Center, Princeton University and various institutional settings. He received his Masters of Social Work from NYU and his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. Brian has devoted much of his time and practice advocating for the treatment and awareness around both male and female individuals living with an eating disorder.
Presentation For the Guys: Eating Disorders in the Male Population
This presentation will focus on the unknown, and sometimes overlooked, aspects of diagnosing eating disorders in males. Less well-known differences will be highlighted. In addition, clinical presentations of eating disorders in males will be reviewed and will explore how our overall system of perceived masculinity creates conflicts for these patients. These conflicts include external influences beyond social media and the masculinity scripts that cause gender role conflict and an eventual separation from embodiment through the lifespan. Lastly, this presentation will also provide tools that providers can use to help their male patients foster insight that will help aid recovery.