It is hard to know exact facts and statistics when it comes to eating disorders as many of those that suffer either don’t seek help or are naware of their illness. The statistics below are provided by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence and are based on those who have received treatment from the NHS. Reports vary and the statistics are ever changing.
There are a number of different treatment methods for eating disorders, focusing on different issues but all with one aim. The specific issues relating to a patient means they may be better suited to one type of treatment than another. Below is a selection of the main methods of treatment and their approaches.
The number of males seeking treatment for eating disorders is increasing. Lauren Couston speaks to two eating disorder sufferers about their opinions on the stigma surrounding male eating disorders.
Comic Dave Chawner shares both the short-term and long-term effects Anorexia has had on his life
As with many things in life, eating disorders come with a stereotype. Young women inspired by the unrealistic images of female celebrities, desperate to become like their idols or to fit in with their peers.
Eating disorders affect around 1.6 million people in the UK, 10% of those being Male. Yet male sufferers are rarely heard of, whether it be because they themselves are unaware of the symptoms or are afraid to come forward due to the stigma surrounding men with eating disorders.