Yes. The number of men diagnosed with an eating disorder increased by 27% last decade. And the number of them going into hospital grew by 66% in the same time. Right now, there are 180,000 men and boys in the UK suffering with an eating disorder. That’s enough to fill Wembley Stadium…twice.
In short, eating disorders are a form of mental illness where the person affected has “abnormal or disturbed” eating habits. People with eating disorders use food to cope with painful situations or feelings, relieve stress, or to regain control. And anyone can develop one.
There are different signs for everyone. Maybe you think of food all the time and plan your day around eating. Maybe you make yourself sick after eating, or you’re scared of putting on any weight. You could be eating loads and then feeling rubbish after, or obsessed with exercise. Try taking the SCOFF test developed by St. George’s Hospital Medical School in the next question.
Do you make yourself Sick because you’re feeling stuffed?
Do you feel like you’ve lost Control over how much you eat?
Have you lost more than One stone over the last 3 months?
Do you think you’re Fat when everyone says you’re skinny?
Does Food dominate your life?
This is not a diagnosis but if the answer’s “yes” to two or more of these, think about giving us a ring.
Yes. Every eating disorder can be beaten – but the earlier you talk about it, the better and quicker your treatment will be.
We can. We’re here to listen to anyone concerned about eating disorders, whether you’re suffering from one, or you think your mate is. The first step is to talk. You could start on one of our forums or give us a call. Of course, anything you tell us is confidential, so you can chat about things openly.