Channing Tatum and Twitter Gave Everyone in Los Angeles an Eating Disorder

Are you living in Los Angeles? If so, congratulations on your eating disorder, and also, what the hell is going on out there?

The Los Angeles Times reports that, in LA, the eating disorder gender gap has nearly closed. Teenage boys in the City of Angels are twice as likely to be purging after meals or popping laxatives like Tic Tacs. In fact, 5.2 percent of boys admit they’ve purged or used laxatives to control their weight, this is compared to 6.4 percent of teen girls. Other cities like Chicago, Houston and Charlotte, N.C. are seeing higher-than-average eating disorder rates in teenage boys. The Times has an interesting theory about all this:

Some experts say boys are starting to face the pressures long placed on girls, as buff, bare men proliferate in pop culture. Boys today watch Channing Tatum strip as “Magic Mike” or weigh themselves against the muscular Dwayne Johnson. The nonstop chatter of Twitter and Facebook has amplified those messages, therapists say.

The article also points out that, more often than not, eating disorders are triggered not by vanity, but by some sort of mental trauma and a desire for control. Or perhaps another cause could be that most eating disorder education is targeted to girls, the article covers that as well. But, nope, it’s got to be Channing Tatum and that Twitter.

By the way, boys, no one wants you to look like this: