66% Increase in Hospital Admissions for Eating Disorders in Men.
Posted Aug 05 2011 1:45pm
Figures for the last 10 years show an increase of 66% in men admitted to hospital for eating disorders. The Royal College of Psychiatrists, who published the research, also suggested the figures may under represent the true extent of eating disorders in men.
Many men find it difficult to admit they have an eating disorder because it is a diagnosis often associated with girls. Similarly many professionals fail to recognise eating disorders in men for the same reasons.
So what are the symptoms of eating disorders in men?
Extreme weight loss
Stunted growth in young men
Constipation and abdominal pains
Low blood pressure, dizziness
Bloated face, puffy face and ankles
Poor blood circulation and feeling cold
Hair on the body (if the sufferer is generally not hairy)
Loss of hair on the head
Dry, rough and discoloured skin
Loss of bone mass
Loss of muscle mass
Frequent weight changes
Sore throat, tooth decay and bad breath caused by excessive vomiting
Swollen salivary glands making face red
Poor skin condition and hair loss
Lack of interest in sex
Lethargy and tiredness
Increased risk of heart problems and damage to other internal organs
Binge eating disorder.
Eating much more rapidly than usual
Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry
Eating alone because of embarrassment at the large quantities consumed
Feeling out of control around food
Feeling self-conscious eating with others
Feeling ashamed, depressed or guilty after bingeing
Being unable to purge yourself or compensate for the food eaten
If you feel you have an eating disorder, it is important to get professional help. If you are concerned about a man you know, encourage him to talk to his G.P. about the problem. Denial is common in people with an eating disorder, but the sooner you tackle it the sooner you will be over it. The earlier you seek treatment, the quicker and easier it is likely to be, and the more likely you are to stay out of hospital.
Dr Phil Tyson is a Men's Psychotherapist based in Manchester in the UK. He offers: