Guest author David Milsont discusses how eating disorders are some of the most dangerous as well as common psychological and mental illnesses which are either characterised by excessive eating or by scanty consumption of food. Eating disorders are a condition wherein the person, suffering from it, might not even know that he/she has a serious psychological problem.
Despite often being portrayed in the media as a ‘female issue’, eating disorders affect many males in the UK, usually from the ages of 14-25. According to The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence, approximately 1.6 million people in the UK have either anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder or EDNOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified) – of this total, 11% are male. Our guest author, Helen Wier, gives us some further insight into the reality.
One study carried out by researchers at University College London has found that eating disorders are rising twice as quickly in males as it is in females. Between the years 2000 and 2009, the number of diagnosed cases of anorexia and bulimia nervosa in males rose by 24%.
The highest rates of newly diagnosed cases in the UK involve females aged 15 to 19 and males aged 10 to 14. [Read more…]