Eating Disorders Treatment Slow for Men, Study Finds

Eating DisordersAccording to findings from a recent study, treatment for men suffering from eating disorders is more likely to be slower than for women. Part of the reason is due to more focus on women suffering from problems like anorexia and bulimia.

There is also the issue of doctors misdiagnosing problems, and ignoring the fact that a disorder in eating is the culprit. Mary, who chose to keep her and her family’s real names a secret, explained how her son had limited the type of food he would eat to the point where he suppressed his hunger pains and would not eat dinner. It happened when her son was three, and he decided that he did not want to eat dead animals. Something that seemed innocent and manageable at first, soon became a big problem for the family and her son’s health.

Her son is now in his 20s, and has never received the right diagnoses or treatment for his eating disorder. This is happening with men all over the world.

According to a BMJ Open published study, men are struggling to get the treatment they need. Doctors refused to diagnose them properly, believing that only women struggle with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating and other disorders. Another issue is that men do not seek the help, believing that they are not deal with this type of problem. If they do not seek the help, men dealing with eating disorders are getting slower treatment, according to findings from the study.

There are a number of reasons for men to suffer from disorders with their food. Another recent study shows that Facebook is to blame for women, and that likely involves men too. There were limitations to the study as, once again, only women were involved. The researchers found that women between 16 and 24 who spend large amounts of time on Facebook were likely to be concerned about body issues. Women would compare their own bodies with friends, and discuss their eating habits.

This is not just limited to women though. Plenty of men look at photos posted on the social media site and worry about how they look. However, this is not considered one of the early signs of eating disorders in men because of the way the media focuses on women.

In 2011, another study showed that men would suffer the consequences of the disorders just as much as women. The difference for women is that people look out for signs and symptoms, and they are more likely to get the treatment needed to get back on track for a healthy lifestyle. A fourth study shows that one sufferer in four is male. However, the researchers admitted that there were limitations since the symptoms are not always recognized.

It is about time the sole focus on women with anorexia, bulimia and other disorders was stopped. Men are also sufferers, but are less likely to receive the help. They do not know the signs to look out for, and doctors are likely to misdiagnose them. This has led to the studying finding that eating disorders treatment in men is slower than that in women.

By Alexandria Ingham

Sources:

TIME

ABC News

Malaysian Digest

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