Recession causes anorexia in men? (sky news)

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    Aug 21, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
    Financial fears and the recession are contributing to the rise in the number of men suffering from anorexia.

    At least 10% of adults diagnosed as having an eating disorder are male.

    Professor Hubert Lacey, who runs the eating disorder unit at St George's Hospital in London, has seen the number of male referrals double in the past few years.

    "These are just my observations and because the numbers are so small, statistics can be misleading but I think there has been a cultural change," he said.

    "The recession is a factor because when jobs are under threat, people think more about how they present themselves."

    Si, 29, believes financial worries played a part in his eating disorder.

    He said: "When I was a student and struggled with money, it was almost a reason to not eat.

    "When I had rent to pay and things to buy for my course, it was all too easy to class food as low priority and do without altogether and use the lack of money as means of justifying/fuelling my anorexia."

    Job anxiety or redundancy - real or threatened - has an impact on self-esteem which can lead to men becoming anorexic or bulimic.

    Mary George, from the eating disorder b-eat, said: "Eating disorders are all too often about control.

    "And when someone feels as if they're not in control of aspects of their life, but they can control what they eat, then this can lead to an eating disorder."

    Aaron, 31, developed an eating disorder when he felt stuck in a job he hated.

    "My job contributed to a sense of purposelessness in life," he explained.

    "Losing weight was a way of regaining the sense of self worth, improvement and achievement.

    "Eventually I had to give up work, and recovery will always be tainted with the fear of having to do such an alienating and miserable job again."

    Professor Lacey believes there are many more undiagnosed cases because the condition is not always recognised in men.

    Sam, 23, who suffers from an eating disorder, agrees men are reluctant to seek help.

    "Typically, men are afraid to talk about such issues as they see it as a weakness and possibly threatening to their masculinity," he said.

    "Not being able to express their emotions adds to the severity of the issues they face."

    How likely do you think this is to be true? .... When I was 140lbs my parents sent me for (completely unnecessary) manorexia counseling

    Met a lot of really perturbed dramatic people, with attention seeking problems and struck on a theory that most of them were on that anorexia track simply because of the attention they received for.....being on that track
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    Aug 21, 2009 8:30 PM GMT
    While only 10% of cases of anorexia are males of those cases about 85% are gay males. Of course my data is several years old and may need updating but it is interesting nonetheless.

    I do not treat eating disorders in my practice regularly because I'm two whisker hairs from being there myself at

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    Aug 21, 2009 9:20 PM GMT
    I dunno about others but lots of stress gives me a lack of appetite.
    I left my job 2 weeks ago and I've already dropped 6 lbs.
    For a hard-gainer like myself that's a lot. I've seemed to level out and am starting to put it back on now that things have been getting better, but it still sucks.