EUGENE, Ore. – The recession is doing a number on the health of both men and women here in the Eugene region, and across the nation, say health experts.
In fact, it’s now been revealed that men here in the Eugene area have eating disorders that are linked to a host of mental and physical woes.
“There’s a view that eathing disorders only impact women, but that’s not true at all,” says Nicole, a local Eugene health teacher who’s seen a “rise in young men who are not taking care of their health by not eating right.
Men now suffer from eating problems due to more time online
Frank is eating again, announced his brother Ben who took the teen to the recent “Oregon Country Fair” outside of Eugene for a “technology detox and to, hopefully, get my brother eating real food again.”
The number of men suffering from eating disorders is on the rise, says the Royal College of General Practitioners in England, stated BBC News July 13, while also warning doctors worldwide to be more aware of the problem because it is usually seen as a female issue. “If doctors see a young man who is thin they are more likely to think that he is depressed,” a spokesperson said.
In turn, the British health care system says there’s been a 66 percent increase in hospital admissions in England for male eating disorders over the last 10 years, and that it’s not just a problem in Britain, but worldwide as well.
At the same time, a local Eugene health expert says his brother’s Internet addiction “work me up to a problem in our family where my little brother was simply not eating.”
Eating problem in England reflects woes for males in the U.S. and other countries
The BBC News report from July 13 also noted “that 1.6 million people in the UK have an eating disorder and it is thought that one in five sufferers is male.”
Ben, a well known Eugene health expert whose been selling natural dried fruits at the Oregon Country Fair for the past 12 years, said “you don’t look at guys having eating problems. I just thought my younger brother Frank was on the skinny side; but he’s 19 now and should have more meat on his bones at six foot tall and just 109 pounds.”
In turn, Frank has recently been diagnosed as a “male anorexic,” at a local Eugene medical center.
Ben says his brother’s eating disorder may have something to do with his lifestyle. “He dropped out of school and now spends most of his time in my parent’s basement playing games and doing other stuff on his computer.”
Also, the recent British study of males identified as being “anorexic” points to “self image” problems where, like women, males think in their minds that they are fat or not attractive enough.
“Men are much more aware of their bodies, they are much more into dieting and how they look,” stated a British medial expert who’s been working with hundreds of young men who are suffering with anorexia and bulimia.
“I had the usual anxieties about body image,” said one British male in the recent BBC News report. “I just felt very inadequate about the way that I looked and felt I wasn’t fitting in at school. I didn’t realise what I was doing to myself and was abusive to my body at the time. The point was to look good and pursue a perfect image but I was doing the opposite.”
“Male anorexia and male eating disorders are a severe problem and it needs to be addressed as not just being a female disorder but something that can affect anybody,” the BBC report added.