He continued to lose weight, eating less than 500 calories a day while comparing his body to muscular ones he set as his iPhone wallpaper. But one day, something changed: He woke up, compared his body to the photo on his phone, and saw the stretch marks he couldn’t erase; the extra skin that wouldn’t go away; the blemishes he couldn’t expunge.

“I literally had a nervous breakdown because I was in so much pain. And I still hated myself even though I was doing everything in my power to change the way I looked,” he says.

He approached his family, explaining that he thought he might have an eating disorder, to which they responded with, “Men don’t have eating disorders. Only women do.”

“It’ll all always stick with me that when I first wanted to get help, I was told that men don’t have eating disorders,” Gerges says.

Colin Gaudet

Gerges began to take some solace in fashion….

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