The number of men with eating disorders rises by 70%

The number of men with eating disorders rises by 70%

Data from the NHS has revealed that the number of adult men being admitted to hospital with an eating disorder has risen by 70% over the past six years. This means that the number of men being hospitalised for eating disorders is now increasing at the same rate as it is for women.

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Children as young as three are becoming anxious about their bodies

Children as young as three are becoming anxious about their bodies

Research carried out by the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) has revealed that children as young as three are already starting to show signs of being body conscious.

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Body shaming: what it is and why it needs to stop

Body shaming: what it is and why it needs to stop

Many of us spend a significant portion of time engrossed by social media sites connecting with friends, browsing through photos or commenting on things that strike a chord with us. Often, it is harmless fun, but one of the downsides is how open it is to body shaming.

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Eating disorders are increasing amongst boys

Eating disorders are increasing amongst boys

A report commissioned by the charity Beat in 2015 estimated that more than 725,000 people in the UK are currently dealing with an eating disorder.

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Treatment waiting times reach record high for eating disorder patients

Figures released by the NHS have revealed that people in England are waiting up to 182 days for treatment. Waiting times at mental health services for adults show wide variance depending on where in the country a person is situated. The average waiting time for an adult to receive treatment for an eating disorder can range from 20 days up to 6 months.

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Surviving Christmas With An Eating Disorder Infographic

eating disorder helpEating disorders are some of the most difficult mental illnesses to treat simply because those in recovery can not avoide their triggers. Alcoholics can avoide drink, drug addicts can find places free of narcotics but everyone has to eat. With so much food available at the holidays, that can make recovering from an eating disorder very difficult. With that in mind, The counsellors at Life Works have some simple tips that can help people suffering from an ED get through the holidays safely and happily. While these are not a guarantee of success, following these 10 steps will give you the edge you need to stay in recovery and enjoy the holidays. If you need help with your ED please visit Life Works Eating Disorder Treatment Page

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More Than Half Of Women Cancel Plans At Christmas Because Of Fat Days

eating disorder helpA new survey carried out by vouchercloud.com has revealed that almost three quarters of British women have turned down an event invitation at Christmas despite being able to attend.

Highlighting just how badly low self esteem effects women, over half of those surveyed said the reason they didn’t want to go somewhere is because they were having a ‘fat day’. This term describes when someone is feeling self-conscious about how others will judge their weight and appearance and whether or not they live up to conventional beauty standards.

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How Much Does The Fashion Industry Affect Women's Body Image

eating disorder helpThe rise and cause of eating disorders has been long-debated and with more young girls suffering from anorexia, bulimia and now orthorexia than ever before, health experts are desperate to find out the causes once and for all.

The fashion industry and media frequently get the blame for putting too much pressure on young women and nowadays, even men. Whilst many would argue that everyone is exposed to the same images and not everybody develops an eating disorder, it’s undeniable that these industries are giving women unrealistic expectations about what they should look like.

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Study Finds Link Between Brain Activity And Anorexia

anorexia and brain researchA study has suggested that differences in brain activity may be an underlying cause of some of the unhealthy eating patterns that people with anorexia nervosa develop.

The study, which took place in New York found that those who had been hospitalised for the disorder activated unique areas of their brains when making decisions between various foods. In order to test this, the researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) which tracks blood flow in the brain. They did this on a group of women who had recently been hospitalised for anorexia and compared it to another group of healthy women.

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The Hidden Eating Disorder More Common Than Anorexia

binge eating disorderGorging on junk food has an acceptable and even quite a jokey reputation. In fact, most of us will laugh off a bingeing session after a bad day at work or if we’re feeling down in the dumps. Or perhaps you’re hungover or have been really good all week and are allowing yourself a cheat day where you eat everything in sight.

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The hidden eating disorder that’s more common than anorexia

eating disorders200x200Gorging on junk food has an acceptable and even quite a jokey reputation. In fact, most of us will laugh off a bingeing session after a bad day at work or if were feeling down in the dumps. Or perhaps youre hungover or have been really good all week and are allowing yourself a cheat day where you eat everything in sight.

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Teenagers are now less likely to use alcohol and drugs but are more likely to self-harm and suffer from an eating disorder

6499042 curled pink measuring tape and fork on white backgroundAlthough todays teenagers are less likely to get pregnant at a young age, drink alcohol, take drugs or smoke cigarettes, they are increasingly engaging in self-harm, suffering from eating disorders and failing to get enough sleep.

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Dorset has the highest number of eating disorder admissions in the UK

EDAccording to statistics from the Heath and Social Care Information Centre (HSIC), the county of Dorset has one of the highest levels of eating disorder admissions in the UK. Other parts of the country which experience the highest admissions include Barnet, Camden, the Isle of Wight and both Northern and Western Devon.

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One in 10 male gym-goers feared to suffer from bigorexia

extMuscle dysmorphia, also known as bigorexia is still relatively unknown yet its believed that one in 10 men in the UK who are regular gym-goers could be suffering from it.

The anxiety disorder causes someone to believe that theyre small despite being big and muscular. Although it can affect both men and women, more men have been known to suffer from it as theyre feeling increasing pressure to achieve the idealmuscular body as so frequently portrayed by the media.

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What is bigorexia and what are the signs?

EDBigorexia is an anxiety disorder that’s hitting the headlines as it’s feared that one in 10 men who regularly go to the gym could be suffering from it.

What is bigorexia however? It is also sometimes referred to as muscle dysmorphia or reverse anorexia and it has become more of a concern in recent years as research shows that men are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their perceived body images. Although it’s far more likely to affect men, women have been known to suffer from the condition as well.

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Are workout supplements contributing towards the rise in eating disorders amongst men?

GYMFor decades now, women have struggled with the constant pressure they face to look good and have the perfect figure. With more and more lean, muscular men with perfectly sculpted abs adorning the covers of mens health and fitness magazines, womens glossies and even films like Magic Mike focusing solely on the male body, what was once a predominantly female problem, is now becoming a serious issue amongst men too.

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Survey Reveals Most Men Hate Their Bodies

eating disorder in menA shocking new survey has found that only 4% of men are happy with their bodies and that most are feeling increasing pressure to improve their shape.

The research was carried out on behalf of Alpha Man Magazine and found that a staggering 82% of men feel more stressed about not having an impressive physique than they did five years ago. The findings also revealed that men are willing to resort to drastic measures to achieve their dream body.

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Scientists Discover Binge Eating Gene In Teenagers

teen binge eatingResearchers at University College London (UCL)’s Institute of Child Health believe that they have discovered a gene that may explain why some teenagers binge on food.

A study was conducted and the results revealed that those who had a particular variation in the FTO locus were 20% more likely to binge eat. Interestingly, the trait was particularly prominent in girls as they were 30% more likely to binge eat if they had the variation.

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Anxious Children Suffer From Eating Disorders

eating disorders and childrenWith more pressure than ever to achieve body perfection, concern is growing about the impact this is having on young children.

Whilst unrealistic expectations have existed since the dawn of newspapers, magazines, television and advertising, the Internet has further accelerated these feelings and the outcome is very concerning.

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Hospital Admissions For Teen Girls Has Doubled In Three Years

eating disorder helpNew figures have revealed that the number of young girls who are being admitted to hospital with an eating disorder has doubled in just three years.

In 2010-11, the number of girls aged between 0 and 19 who were admitted to hospital was 840. By 2013-14 this had risen to 1,656.

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