`This is a book that will be useful to carers, helping them understand the issues that affect male suffers and some of the barriers they will have to break down in order to recover. It will also reassure men affected by an eating disorder that they are not alone, their problems are understood b medical professional and that recovery is possible' - Signpost Anna has established herself as a leading author in the field of eating disorders and combines her personal experiences with an extensive research interest. Her two previous books published by Lucky Duck were winner and special commendation in the NASEN/TES book awards and we expect this publication to be equally well received. It would be a mistake to think that eating and body image problems are experienced only by women. Anna draws the readers attention to the characteristic and special difficulties for men, including: " athletics, body building and eating " depression and self-esteem " eating disorders and homosexuality. Like all her books she offers a comprehensive overview and contributes information, advice and hope. This is a book for those affected and those who want to help them.
Chapter 1: The Hidden Disorders
The Hidden Disorders
Eating disorders are usually considered to be ‘female’ illnesses and although a large percentage of sufferers are women, there is now a growing number of men who are also suffering. It is still unclear exactly how many eating disorder sufferers are male, as research into men and eating disorders is twenty years behind that of women. However, estimated figures range from 10% up to 33%.
As society is gradually beginning to accept eating disorders as a serious problem for women, it is still not recognising that men are also struggling with body image issues. Unfortunately, it has been reported that some doctors still do not recognise cases of either male anorexia or bulimia. Men are also often afraid to speak openly ...