15 April 2014
Medical Standard

Eating Disorders: Not Just Women’s Issues

Image by BrianMSweis | Wikimedia

Image by BrianMSweis | Wikimedia

There’s a notion that only women experience eating disorders. However, scientists said that young men also have body image issues and many of them are overlooked.

Not enough courage?

UK researchers found out that eating disorder in men is not a known problem because they don’t seek medical attention.

One common reason they don’t seek help is they don’t know the disorder’s symptoms.

“Our findings suggest that men may experience particular problems in recognizing that they may have an eating disorder as a result of the continuing cultural construction of eating disorders as uniquely or predominantly a female problem,” said Dr. Ulla Raisanen and Dr. Kate Hunt.

Not enough knowledge?

The researchers interviewed nearly 40 young people aged 16 to 25, 10 of whom are men, about their eating disorder experiences.

They discovered that these men with issues were  “underdiagnosed, undertreated, and underresearched” despite making up about a quarter of diagnosed cases.

One participant said he though anorexia and other eating disorders only affect “fragile teenage girls.”

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