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Men with eating disorders more common than you may think

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A leading eating disorder expert says growing research reveals men with eating disorders are more common than you may think.

Dr. Blake Woodside, medical director of the eating disorder program at Toronto General Hospital says his community study plus two others show males now make up one in three cases of anorexia and one in four cases of bulimia.

Traditionally, the accepted rate has been anywhere between one in 10 and one in 20.

“Men get these conditions, they die from these conditions, they suffer from these conditions. This is not just an illness of women,” said Woodside, who is also a psychiatry professor at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Woodside said men are not coming in for treatment for several reasons. Society, including doctors and nurses, simply do not think men are affected by eating disorders.

Read the rest of the story here: More men suffering from eating disorders, says doctor


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