There is a common misconception that only women get eating disorders, but conditions such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder appear to be on the increase amongst men.

Reports vary, but many estimate that men make up anywhere from 10% to a quarter of sufferers.

The NHS Information Centre published statistics suggesting that 2.7 million people in the country have some kind of disordered eating and men make up a quarter.

Men with eating disorders may are less likely to be diagnosed due to a lack of awareness that men get eating disorders too. Men may also be less likely to come forward because of the stigma attached to eating disorders in general and specifically to men with eating disorders.

Incidents that can trigger eating disorders in men include:

  • Being bullied or criticised for being overweight
  • Comments from a sports coach
  • Being in a sport which requires extreme weight control
  • Illness and loss at home
  • A relationship breakdown
  • Not coping with pressures, such as exams
  • A career change
  • Unbearable pressure at work

SOURCES: Men Get Eating Disorders Too, Mind, National Centre For Eating Disorders, Beat Eating Disorders







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