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66% Increase in Hospital Admissions for Eating Disorders in Men.

Posted Aug 05 2011 1:45pm

Men get eating dissorders too 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?

Anorexia.

  • 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

Bulimia.

  • 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
  • Feeling small on the inside

 

These signs and symptoms were taken from the Men Get Eating Disorders Too website which is a great resource.

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:





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