Men Suffering from Eating Disorders Increasing

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The Netflix original movie To the Bone highlights the struggles of people suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia and binge eating. But it also illuminates one detail usually forgotten by many: the disease can affect men too.

For a lot of people, the men are a minority as far as eating disorders are concerned. About 0.9 percent of the women may experience anorexia at least once in their lifetime, according to National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). But the organization also says more than 25 million people of all genders and races in the United States have the problem.

The New NHS Data

A recent analysis by the NHS in the UK also cites how men with eating disorders are increasing. From 2010 to 2016, the rate went up 70 percent among males. Its growth over the six years was almost the same as that of women.

Furthermore, and interestingly, most men were older, between the ages of 41 and 60. About 67 percent were from 26 to 40, and 63 percent were the youngest demographic.

It Can Come Out Late

Eating disorders are understandably common among the young ones, but it’s fascinating to note the older ones can develop them too. Why? It’s possible other environmental factors such as emotional stress cause it.

Among males, the disorder becomes more prominent when they’re in their middle twenties, although it may begin as early as 17. A small study showed how men might not realize they are suffering from it until their health is deteriorating.

Get Help Immediately

The belief that men should be tough enough to handle problems is one of the reasons why they fail to seek help or notice changes in their eating patterns. It may also prevent them from acknowledging there is a problem.

But the sooner you can have the treatment for anorexia nervosa, the sooner you can get your life back on track. One doesn’t have to go through the agonizing consequence of the disorder.