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UTV: Northern Ireland Male Eating Disorder Website Launched

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It aims to help men become better informed about their eating disorder, to aid them in sharing their experiences to educate healthcare providers and their families so they can begin to understand their suffering and ensure that they get the right treatment they are entitled to.

In 2012/13 over 400 outpatients treated for eating disorder related health issues in Northern Ireland, according to Northern Ireland Health & Social Care Trusts, but it is thought the true extent of eating disorders in men is not known.

Chris Nugent, Laurence’s brother and Chairman of The Laurence Trust explained: “It is difficult to ever truly understand the extent to which eating disorders affect sufferers, as only those who seek or receive treatment are recorded, this does not account for those who suffer in silence, making an accurate prevalence rate very hard to calculate.

“Still the fatal nature of this condition cannot be underestimated which unfortunately my family discovered with Laurence; the website is a step forward towards preventing this happening to other families.”

“The Laurence Trust intends to act as a voice for people living with an eating disorder and inform the public that men are affected too. They need the same support and help just as much as women do, and in turn attempt to break the stereotype that an eating disorder is exclusively a ‘woman’s problem’.”

Visit the website: Laurence Trust website

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