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Eating disorders in men up 16%

11th April 2012

New figures have revealed that a growing number of men and boys are being taken to hospital needing urgent treatment for severe eating disorders.

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Data from the NHS Information Centre has shown that the number of admissions for illnesses such as anorexia and bulimia has risen by 16% in the last year.

They are conditions often seen as affecting women but it is now feared that men are under similar peer pressure to look good and copy what is regarded as the ideal male body image.

Last year there were 228 hospital admissions for men and boys with anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders, including 78 admissions for teenagers aged 14 or under and another 39 in the 15-18 age bracket. The number of admissions for men of all ages has risen from 160 in 2007/8 to 182 in 2008/9 to 196 in 2009/10.

Mary George, who is spokesman for the Beat eating disorder charity, said: “We can’t say for sure that there are more men suffering from eating disorders now but there is certainly more awareness which means more are coming forward for treatment.

“There is more pressure on men from magazines with celebrities and male models to have that ideal body image. But there’s still a lot of stigma and misunderstanding because the majority of eating disorders occur in females. That’s why men are ashamed to come forward and admit they have a problem.”

It is estimated that about 20% of the 1.6million Britons suffering from some form of eating disorder are male.

 

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Thursday 12th April 2012 @ 20:01

Thanks for sharing this information. Although not a great sign, it's helpful to know eating disorders are showing up more in men so we can have compassion for their struggles.



May we all thrive like the beautiful beings we're here to be.



Polly


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