Monday, July 14, 2014

Mens' Eating Disorders

...Eating Disorder...
(Photo credit: ĐāżŦ {mostly absent})
A study done at the University of Oxford researched why men with eating disorders are resistant to treatment, and ignore symptoms.

Many people think that only women suffer from eating disorders like bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating. Because of this stereotype, some men who suffer from eating disorders do not seek help. Ulla Raisanen, a researcher from the University of Oxford says, “men with eating disorders are underdiagnosed, undertreated, and under-researched.”

The study consisted of 10 men and 29 women who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. The men said it took them a longer time to realize they had an eating disorder because they believed only women were afflicted with eating disorders.

Before the men were diagnosed with eating disorders, none of them knew what the symptoms were. Symptoms include binging and purging, not eating for days, obsessive calorie counting, and exercise and weighing. The men also stated their friends and families didn’t pick up on their warning signs either.

The majority of the men in the study only sought help after undergoing emergency medical treatment, or suffering a serious health issue. They said didn’t know where to find help, and were frightened they would be seen as a joke. They felt a sense of helplessness.

Eating disorders can affect any man or women, it has no prejudice. The idea that eating disorders affect women only causes barriers for men. If you are suffering from an eating disorder, Passport to Recovery offers a list of credible eating disorder treatment centers that are designed to help you.

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