Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Eating disorders in men have risen by 70% since 2010

manback.jpg

For a long time, there has been a feeling that eating disorders were a thing that don’t happen to men.

This has changed in the recent past, with some of the stigma being removed and men being encouraged to seek treatment, rather than suffering in silence.

However, the extent of it all may still come as a surprise to many.

According to NHS figures published by The Guardian, the number of adult men admitted to hospital with an eating disorder rose by 70% between 2010-11 and 2015-16.

The rate of increase is comparable to women admitted to hospital for similar reasons, while the increase in admissions was higher for men aged 41-60 than for those in younger adult age groups.

Still, male patients still account for only a fraction of the overall total: between 2015 and 2016, 1,098 male adults and children were admitted, compared to 12,054 females.

“We must continue to address the ongoing gender bias around eating disorders so every man who is suffering feels comfortable to get help when they need it,” Dr William Rhys Jones, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ eating disorders faculty, is quoted as saying.

“Images of unhealthy male body ideals in the media place unnecessary pressure on vulnerable people who strive for acceptance through the way they look.”

(Image: Pexels)

Related

richey.png

Why the rise in men seeking help for eating disorders may be good news

mhheader.jpg

‘How my love of trainers dug me out of depression'

rexfeatures-8957056f.jpg

Why Love Island’s Chris is being praised by mental health charities

More

Sir Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89

The legendary presenter has died aged 89

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

The biggest stereotype about men and sex is actually a load of rubbish

We've been wrong this whole time

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

Discover the words that became cool in the year you were born

Were you born in the year of booty calls or cybersex?

by Emily Reynolds
18 Aug 2017

This German town came up with a genius way of humiliating neo-Nazis

Is this the best possible way to deal with them?

by Alex Finnis
18 Aug 2017

Donald Trump’s lawyer: possibly not racist, definitely not intelligent

Oldest trick in the book

by Tom Victor
17 Aug 2017

The 10 worst cities in the world to live in 2017

To put your first-world problems into perspective

17 Aug 2017

We have some very, very good news about cheese

Cheese lovers, it's our time to shine

by Emily Reynolds
17 Aug 2017

Jurors refuse to work on Martin Shkreli's trial for the best reasons

He is *not* a popular man

by Emily Reynolds
17 Aug 2017

Apparently millennials hate boobs now - but what do we like instead?

These god damn millennials, eh

by Gary Ogden
17 Aug 2017

All the times Donald Trump has failed to condemn far-right extremists

This has gone on for some time

by Tom Victor
16 Aug 2017