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Young men with eating disorders 'overlooked'

9th April 2014

Despite making up a quarter of cases, men are under-diagnosed and under-treated for anorexia and other eating disorders, a study suggests.


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Researchers from the University of Oxford and University of Glasgow interviewed 39 people, between the ages of 16 and 25, about their experiences of diagnosis, treatment and support for eating disorders. This sample group also included ten men.

They found that young men with eating disorders were "under-diagnosed, under-treated and under-researched".

The results were published in BMJ Open. In which they said, frontline health workers such as GPs and teachers, have a key role in improving the outlook for men with eating disorders by challenging misconceptions.

"Our findings suggest that men may experience particular problems in recognising that they may have an eating disorder," said Dr Ulla Raisanen and Dr Kate Hunt.

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