Eating disorders have traditionally been considered women’s problems, but more men with anorexia are coming forward. Of the 70,000 plus people suffering with this condition, male anorexia accounts for 10%. Of that 10 percent, 20% are homosexuals and 80% are heterosexual.
Like women, men with anorexia typically develop the problem in their late teens. Sometimes it begins with trying to “buff up”, and sometimes it begins with peer pressure and taunting. Other causes include family trauma, media depictions, and parents with eating disorders. No matter the originating cause, there’s only one thing that seems to separate men from women: namely while women generally focus on being thin, men focus on muscles.
Anorexia in men is likely to be missed by health care providers, who often mistakenly believe that men don’t get eating disorders. Even when the disorder is recognized, men with anorexia have far fewer resources (like support groups) from which to choose. They may also have trouble finding a health care provider that is experienced in treating anorexia in men. This is important because the treatment for anorexia in men differs from that of anorexic women.
Four possible factors include:
Genetics – If someone in your immediate family has struggled with anorexia, then your chances of developing the disorder increase greatly. Also, certain personality types are more likely to develop eating disorders than others. For example, perfectionists are more likely to develop an eating disorder than their counterparts.
Brain Activity – Further research has indicated that another cause of male anorexia can be traced back to the brain’s dopamine receptors, which regulate pleasure. When a male with anorexia under eats, the brain dispenses feelings of euphoria. In this way food is used a type of anti-depressant as it relieves any anxious thoughts.
Family – Another emotional factor which causes male anorexia is the presence of family issues. Some males with eating disorders report feeling smothered by their families. Yet others felt abandoned and misunderstood. Still more had parents who overemphasized their physical appearances. In these families, the cause of the male anorexia is the fact that the individual learned to keep doubts, fears, anxieties and imperfections hidden.
Society – Cultural pressures to be thin and the portrayal of thin individuals on television are also underlying causes of male anorexia. The continual barrage of ads containing thin, happy people inevitably sends the message that happiness can only be found by being thin.
In addition to muscle loss, men with anorexia may experience low blood pressure, which in turn can cause heart failure. Male anorexia also causes loss of bone density (making brittle bones), weakness, dehydration (which can potentially lead to kidney failure) and hair loss.
If you are experiencing problems with weight control you are not alone. Get help by contacting your family doctor, a psychologist, mental health center or a doctor specializing in eating disorders.
A way to meet potential mates, flirting is the first step in opening the door to a romantic relationship. Flirting is a necessary skill for both men and women, but learning how to flirt can seem intimidating. Just keep in mind that at its most basic, flirting is just being friendly with someone whom you find attractive.
A critical aspect of flirting is acting relaxed and natural when making an approach. Don't act like you are trying to over analyze the situation or have a deeper motive. A good trick is to act like you are talking with an old friend, even though you have just met.
Making eye contact while taking shows sincerity. As most people shy away from it, making eye contact will set you apart from the crowd.
Pay attention to what she is saying and use it to keep the conversation going. Light-hearted teasing will show her you aren't too serious while also demonstrating you have a sense of humor.
Take a risk and take charge, in a nonthreatening way. For example, after taking for a while, don't just ask for a dance, but take her by the hand and say, "I've decided I want you to dance with me" while leading her on the dance floor.
Focus not so much on what you say, but how you say it. Speak in a relaxed and laid-back manner while maintaining a passionate and outgoing attitude.
Keep your expectations low at first, so as not to come across overly aggressive, and possible desperate and needy.
Don't use cliche pickup lines. When learning how to flirt, believe in yourself and that you have the ability to melt her heat with just a look and your smile; remember, the best pickup line ever invented is just a simple "hi."
Watch her body language. If her feet are pointing towards you, she's flipping her hair or touching you on the arm she is interested. Initiate casual touching to see how she responds. If she pulls away or tenses up you need to back off a little. If she relaxes you are making progress.
Intentionally misinterpret things she says to gauge her response. If she makes an effort to explain herself it can turn the tables so it seems like she is trying to pick you up.
Most girls won't bite your head off if you try to talk to them. In fact, most girls will admit they wish that guys would talk more.
Get her to make the first move. Relax, smile, make eye contact and look away. If she hasn't made a move after the third attempt she probable isn't going to, so approach her or pick another girl.
Don't make the first date a long, drawn out and expensive affair. Keep it short, such as just drinks or maybe lunch, and keep the conversation casual without treating the date like an interview.
Don't become clingy or act like you want to get too serious right away. Allow her to learn she can be comfortable with you.
Don't become predictable or too available and her desire for you will grow; women always seem to want what they can have.
Maintain a life separate from your dates with her, allowing you to retain an air of mystery.
Move on if things don't go well, even if you are still interested in her. Letting her see she isn't irreplaceable might make her come back. If not, now that you know how to flirt, you can find some else.
If you are a man who cares a lot about your look and wish to keep up with fashion and trends, well you need a stylish hairstyle. Here is a look at 10 of the hottest mens hairstyles for 2012.
1. Retro hair.
The quiff and pompadour are very similar in style. In fact, some people interchange the terms. However, it is generally accepted that the pompadour is more puffed up than the quiff. The quiff can be considered a toned down version of the pompadour.
This short puffed up look works well for men with hair about 3 to 5 inches or 7.5 to 13 centimeters long. Hair grooming pomade is applied, but do not lay it on thick. The hair is first combed back and then to the side. Shorter hairstyles can be controlled with hair pomade.
2. Natural Curl
Naturally curly hair is popular this year. It is a bit more curly than naturally wavy and many males are wearing this kind of hairstyle long. It looks good long because it stays close to the head and still looks neat in appearance. If you hair in very curly, this kind of look will be easy to maintain.
3. Short Spike
The short spike hairstyle is good for looking kind of dangerous and wild. Many women appreciate this look and are attracted to it. Spiky hair can be in a variety of styles. For instance, you may wish to have a porcupine spike. This is pretty much spiked all over. Spiky hairstyles can be short or long, but short is in this year, and hairspray and styling gel are essential tools. You also will find some styles that utilize short sides and concentrate on spiking the top, and this leads to the Mohawk.
The Mohawk is still popular these days. Keep the sides short and the top longer. This kind of hairstyle is not hard to achieve. However, you may need to let your hair grow out first. Most Mohawk hairstyles this year are not as extreme as in the past. This cut can be radical or more conservative such as the faux-hawk. The faux-hawk can be achieved without cutting the sides short, and is a matter of styling. In fact, it can be created from normal looking hair.
5. Buzz Cut
The buzz cut simply refuses to go out of style. It gets its name from the electric clippers that “buzz” all over the head. The hair is short all over, and it is easy to cut and very easy to maintain. In fact, there is virtually no maintenance. This kind of look is great for summer, and you will not have to buy a lot of hair products. In addition, a bottle of shampoo will last a long time. If you want to concentrate on other things this summer, the buzz cut will give you some extra time.
Hair transplant surgery is becoming increasingly popular and it certainly is something that can help you to gain a natural look to your hair that may now be missing. There are differences, however, in the type of hair transplantation that you can choose which will make differences, not only in the procedure itself but in the final product. That is why we only choose the best type of hair transplant surgery that is available, referred to as micro-follicular unit transplantation. What is it that you can expect when having this procedure done and what are some of the most common questions that are asked?
One of the main things that you should understand about hair transplant surgery is the fact that the procedure actually begins long before you ever sit in the chair. Your doctor is going to want to sit with you in order to review your goals and to give you an overview of what type of surgical plan is going to be used. During this time, careful measurements are going to be taken of both the hair loss area and the donor area, which is where the transplanted hair will come from. Your doctor will also give you an idea of what you can expect after the procedure is done as well as letting you know approximately how many follicular grafts are going to need to be done.
During the surgical process itself, the donor area is going to be numbed and a strip will be removed from the area, just deep enough to include the hair follicles that are existing in the area. This is the donor hair that will be used in the part of your head that is experiencing hair loss. Something that is important for you to understand about this part of the process is that we only use a seamless closure technique. One of the problems that many people run into during hair transplant surgery is that a noticeable scar is left in the donor area. The technique that we use is minimally invasive and it is very difficult to detect where the incision took place.
From the donor hair, natural follicular groups of anywhere from 1 to 4 hairs are going to be chosen and then microscopically inserted into the receptor sites. This is done using precision surgical needles so that you will have a natural look, even from the first procedure that is completed. It also helps to ensure that the hair is going to be as dense as possible in the area so that the natural look is even more pronounced.
You will be happy to know, after the hair transplant procedure has taken place, you can expect approximately 98% of all the follicular units that were inserted to continue growing. This growth is going to appear, in most cases, within the first week after the procedure has been done. Although you may experience some temporary hair loss, which is completely normal during this type of procedure, once your hair begins growing after a few months, it will be permanent.
While most people understand that they need to eat healthy foods, they often don’t understand why they should have foods rich in certain vitamins and minerals, and just what happens to their bodies when their bodies do not receive these beneficial ingredients.
One such vitamin is vitamin A. This vitamin is vital to the function of the human body. It plays a crucial role in the operation of the immune and reproductive system, vision, and the development of bone and blood structure, as well as aiding in antioxidant activity and skin and cellular health.
What is Vitamin A?
Vitamin A is an organic compound that supplies the human body with nutrients that sustain growth and allow it to function correctly. Vitamin A comes in several forms, retinol, retinal and four carotenoids – alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, crypto-carotene, and gamma-carotene. In fact, if the human body has enough beta-carotene in its system then it can produce its own vitamin A.
People who are deficient in vitamin A often have problems with their eye sight and are prone to skin disorders such as bumps, break-outs, and infections. Other symptoms can include severe weight loss, insomnia, fatigue, and reproductive difficulties, as well as hair loss and an itchy scalp.
A healthy lifestyle means eating a balanced diet, exercising for at least 20 minutes a day, drinking sufficient fluids -- preferably water -- and learning to do anything that is not considered ‘good’ for a healthy body in moderation. This allows the human body to function at its best and it also means that it is getting the right dose of essential vitamins and minerals, so that it operates at an optimum level.
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If you are sexually active and you are not ready to have a kid yet then you need to take responsibility for yourself. You can't leave the birth control totally up to the female because that is taking the decision out of your hands and leaving it completely in the woman's hands.
Women have many options when it comes to their birth control but men are not so lucky. In fact they have only two options available to them and one option removes the chances of having kids completely.
I suppose if you include abstinence as a form of birth control than men really have three options! But come on - is abstinence really something that most men will focus on? Probably not.
And withdrawal may be something that is talked about among men and women as a form of birth control but you are really rolling the dice with withdrawal. You may get lucky but you may also withdraw too late or too slow and a pregnancy could occur.
If you don't want to have children yet then here are your only reliable options.
First Birth Control Option: Condoms
Condoms didn't start out as birth control. They were originally made to protect against syphilis back in the sixteenth century. They are still used today to protect both the female and male from STD's as well as a form of birth control.
Condoms have had a history of changes. What started out as a condom made of cloth changed to animal intestines, then rubber and finally latex which we all know about today.
Today you can buy your latex condoms in all sizes, colors, flavours, and styles. I suppose depending on your mood or style you could literally match a condom to it! And it doesn't matter what size you are as it has become apparent that men are all different sizes and condom manufactures have made their condoms according to that rule.
Some condoms contain a spermicide that gives extra protection against pregnancy. Whatever the condom feels like whether it is jelly like or rubber like do not try to alter the condom with any of your own creams or lubricant. If you want it to be lubricated then buy lubricated condoms because adding your own oils or lotions can damage the condom and therefore destroy the effectiveness that you were depending on.
Remember that some people are allergic to latex. This is something to keep in mind when you are getting ready to have sex with a woman, especially one you don't know. Ask her if she knows of an allergy to latex and if she does then use some other form of birth control.
How to Put a Condom On
Make sure you have the proper size condom first. Then carefully pull the condom out of the wrapper to avoid tears or puncture holes. If you get a tear you might as well be wearing no protection at all.
Unroll the condom on the erect penis making sure to cover the entire length. Leave a small space at the tip of the condom to collect the semen that you will expel. Some condoms already have tips that are designed to do this.
Carefully get rid of any air pockets by running your fingers down the length of the condom from the tip to the base.
When you remove your penis after ejaculation hold on to the base of the condom and remove your penis slowly. Many people have discovered that the condom can sometimes roll off while removing the penis if you are not holding on to it. Don't take that chance or your effort will have been for nothing. Take a second to hold on during withdrawal.
Second Birth Control Option: Vasectomy
This is obviously for the guy who does not want children at all. This is the best way to make sure that children are not going to happen while enjoying sex without condoms or other birth control methods. Of course this doesn't protect against sexually transmitted diseases so wearing a condom would still be required with women who do not get an STD screening with you.
The decision is not taken lightly by doctors. Because it is permanent you will be screened as to why you have made the decision. If you are married or dating someone then you will asked to bring her along as well so that the doctor is aware that she is aware. But in the end it is your decision - you are just given some time to think about it before you go ahead and do it.
The vasectomy is a simple operation. You literally go in, get prepped, and have the operation within a matter of hours - less time usually. The operation itself only takes about thirty minutes.
Essentially what the operation does is cuts off the flow of sperm. It does not remove your hormones that make you masculine. It does not affect your libido. It does not affect your sexual performance or the feeling you get during sex. It cuts the sperm off and prevents them from leaving your body.
A vasectomy can be reversed. This operation is knows as a vasovasostomy. About 60 percent of reversals are able to have children again. But the other 40% will have to live with the decision they made if the reversal does not work.
So there you have it! Two choices for male birth control that you have at your disposal, and until future developments are made they will probably be your only two for a while. Always take responsibility for yourself instead of leaving it someone else's hands.
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Attracting the opposite sex is usually a hard task for many, particularly for men who lack the necessary physical feature to easily attract women for passionate love or for one-night stands. However, other than the physical feature of a person, there are also other factors that can significantly affect the success of attracting the opposite sex, and this is not only exclusive for the men, but also among the women. This is human pheromones. So what are human pheromones?
What is Pheromone?
Pheromone is a secreted or excreted chemical factor that can affect the behavior of another member of the same species. Although more commonly known among animals and insect, which is due to the fact that humans have developed communication through the use of languages, humans have also been recently proven to possess the same chemical factor. And similar to that in animals and insects, human pheromones also works as an attractant for procreation.
Different Sources of Human Pheromones
Recent studies had suggested that human pheromones do exist, and that it is based in different forms of hormones that the human body produces. One of those are the three different axillary steroids, the androstenone, androstenol, and androstandienone, which are produced by the testes, ovaries, and apocrine.
The Androstenol is a putative female pheromone. According to studies, it affects a person's perception on different things as well as other humans, making them look more beautiful. The androstenone, on the other hand, is a way for male to detect an ovulating female who is usually would be more willing to be involved in any sexual interaction. This pheromone is said to be only secreted by males as an attractant for women and is also thought to be a positive effector for their mood.
Another putative pheromone is androstadienone. This steroid seems to affect the limbic system and causes a positive reaction in women, often improving their moods. Responses to androstadienone are dependent on the individual and the environment they are in.
According to studies, those treated with androstadienone drew more attention to emotional words while it did not increase attention to neutral faces. These data suggest that androstandienone increases attention to emotional information resulting a feeling of being more focused. It is thought that androstadienone is a modulator on how the mind attends and processes information instead of being a mood-alerter.
Advantages of Pheromones
Because of the many pheromone advantage as attractants, many scientists had sought its use as an effective attractant. Eventually, different pheromone products have been introduced across the world. This includes the popular pheromone colognes and perfumes for men and women.