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Myth-Busting Wednesday: How many men are affected by an eating disorder each year? Watch

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    50,750
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    6.25%
    181,250
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    25.00%
    79,750
    5
    31.25%
    108,750
    6
    37.50%

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    Body Image: Myth-Busting Wednesday!
    Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

    So every now and then the Support Team like to mix it up and in support of it being Mental Health Awareness Week; we'll be doing myth-busters on different topics throughout the week; today's focus is body image!

    It was estimated by a report commissioned by 'B-eat' in February 2015, that more than 725,000 people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder but what number of these are men? Use the poll to cast your vote!

    What do you feel are some of the most common misconceptions of eating disorders? Do you think there is stigma attached to male eating disorders and if so; what could be done to combat this? What advice would you give to anyone who was thinking about reaching out for support?

    If you need support: B-eat offer a huge range of support including a helpline and online message board and Student Minds have support groups running across the country!

    You can post anonymously in this thread!

    We're holding various events and writing about lots of different themes throughout the week. Take a look here!
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    Well, this is a hard one. But thanks for highlighting that this is also a problem affecting men.
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    I think it's a shame we don't direct more attention to the body image issues faced by men in society. Things like Anorexia and Bulimia are perceived exclusively as a female problem and that men are immune to any kind of pressure from the media to look good, which is just downright false
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    Very interesting and saddening. Good thread Deyesy! :yep:
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    I don't normally think of men when I think of eating disorders, so thank you for bringing this up and reminding us it affects everyone! Anyone had experience of this?
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    Not sure which to go for here, it's interesting to think about though. I think people always assume eating disorders are teenage girls and although they're a fair proportion probably many aren't. The added stigma can often make them a lot more serious in other ages and genders because it takes longer for them to get help too, if at all.


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