Posts Tagged ‘ed’

Eating Disorders Awareness Week… utterly divine…

February 24, 2008


In honour of EDAW check out this amazing jewellery…


It was designed by Carrie Arnold to commemorate recovery from anorexia nervosa and all profits are donated to BEAT (eating disorders association). Also, it is seriously lurvley…



e.d.carer’s forum, Somerset

February 4, 2008

Carers’ Forum

SWEDA will be holding a Carers’ Forum on Wednesday  9th April 2008 between 7:00pm and 8:30pm at SWEDA.

The Carers’ Forum is open to anyone who is supporting someone with an eating disorder. The aim of the group is to offer support and information around eating disorders

For further information, call 01458 448611 or email

eating disorders and men…

February 2, 2008

Eating disorders: Who do you think of? …Frail teenaged girls?

Fair enough… the majority of people with an eating disorder are young and female. BUT many men suffer too…


I personally happen to know more than ten men who have had or still do suffer from anorexia or bulimia. It’s likely that well over 5000 men in Wales are suffering today. Most researchers don’t even include men because they think it will schew the statistics!

Men tend to be older than women when they develop an eating disorder… and they are more likely to exercise obsessively. But doctors and health care professionals are less likely to diagnose them, which is worrying because… let’s face it… the statistics for the correct diagnosis of an e.d. in women are not very good 😦

Men find it hard to ask for help – this is because there are additional, particular barriers to overcome. For example, eating disorders are viewed as a female illness so men may feel emasculated and ashamed of confessing to a “girl’s illness”.

Also, men might worry that their hetro-sexuality will be compromised (that people will think they are gay). Actually, a high percentage of men with eating disorders are gay (up to 20% compared to 10% of the general population) – and eating disorders in men are often linked to sexual distress; but most are still straight.

 Finally, if you are a man in Wales with an eating disorder and you want help – where do you go?

Some facts

 Pre-puberty, the same amount of boys suffer from eating disorders as girls.

 Post-puberty, one in ten sufferers are male. (These statistics are primarily based on self-disclosure so the real number may be far higher).

Recent studies suggest up to 16% of people being treated for anorexia are men and the numbers may be even higher with bulimia

 Eating disorders (particularly anorexia nervosa) have the highest fatality rate of any mental illness and men are far more likely to commit suicide than woman, so  male sufferers are particularly at risk.

Follow up:

…If you are a man who has or does suffer from an eating disorder we would appreciate your comments. How can we support you? What do you need?

If you are a service provider running specialist therapy for male sufferers – please let us know!

Interested in this subject? Copy and paste the following links to read more:



Call for ALL e.d. services in Wales!

February 2, 2008


The Graham Menzies Foundation is currently working wit the WAG Cross Party ED group to create a single comprehensive data base of all services available to people with eating disorders in Wales.

The Graham Menzies Foundation is collecting data on voluntary sector services in Wales.

The data base will be used primarily for referral purposes – but will also enable HCW to develop a new funding/referral pathway strategy for the treatment of e.d.s in Wales.

If your organisation provides treatment or support for people with eating disorders at any level (telephone help line, internet support, therapy,day care, residential care, after care etc.) then we would like to add you to the central data base. Please copy and paste the questions below and return them to: by 20th Feb 2008 or e-mail us and we will send you a form.


Rowenna Menzies

Eating disorders Treatment in Wales

Please tell us about the following:

1. Your location within Wales

2. The name of your service/organisation

3. What type of service or support do you offer? (If you offer multiple services then please tell us about them all).

4. Contact details (such as address, telephone number, e-mail address and web-site)

5. Organisation type (NHS, voluntary sector, religious organisation etc.)

6. Opening times/hours

7. How do individuals access your service?

8. Any restrictions (such as minimum bmi, age range, gender etc.)

9. (If relevant) Cost of service? / is financial help available?

10. Any additional information

Thankyou for completing this form. We will continue to update you.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, suggestions or comments- we would be very pleased to hear from you.