Having an eating disorder is often associated with females, and we tend to dismiss the fact that eating disorders affect men too. There is a shame and stigma still attached to eating disorders such as Bulimia, and people can live with the disorder for over 20 years. Men will often visit us regarding something else, as they are unaware that what they are actually suffering with is an eating disorder.
An eating disorder is an umbrella term used to describe illnesses that are characterised by irregular eating habits and extreme concern about body image. Eating disorders can develop at any stage in life, but typically begin during adolescence or early adulthood. The most common types of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder, which can affect both men and women.