According to a new UK study, young men are being “underdiagnosed” and “undertreated” for eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, despite making up about a quarter of cases.
Researchers at the University of Oxford and University of Glasgow who conducted the study, found that a variety of factors could be contributing to this lack of support, including the overriding belief that eating disorders are primarily associated with women.
In the study, 39 young people aged 16 to 25 – including 10 men – were questioned about their experiences of diagnosis, treatment and support for eating disorders.
The results found that on the whole, young men with eating disorders – anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder – were “undiagnosed, undertreated and underresearched”.
Researchers also found that many of the male sufferers were actually unaware of their symptoms, despite regularly purging, starving themselves and obsessively counting calories.
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