Friday 23 December 2016

Boys get eating disorders too, you know!!

Someone please hand me a megaphone because I want to yell out loud that MEN AND BOYS GET EATING DISORDERS AS WELL AS GIRLS AND WOMEN!!!!! Because, in this study that was pointed out to me this morning, it's all about women and eating disorders. Again. No mention that men and boys struggle with anorexia, bulimia, etc, too.

Why is there still so little recognition of the fact that boys get eating disorders just like girls? Eating disorders ARE NOT just a 'girl thing'. Increasingly, statistics are showing that there are more and more boys with anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders.

But whether it's about women or boys and men with eating disorders, IMO this article which, initially, sounds optimistic isn't so hopeful when it points out that "around two thirds of women with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa will eventually recover from their eating disorders" because it goes on to say that "an average of nine years after entering the study, almost 63 percent were recovered an average of 22 years later".

22 years...

That's 22 years out of a life, around a quarter of the average lifespan, which is far, far too long.

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