On Tuesday 22nd January, Sam Thomas, Founder and Director of MGEDT, appeared on Emma Woolf’s report on Channel 4’s ‘Supersize Vs Superskinny’. The report highlighted eating disorders in males and the barriers faced accessing treatment services, due to the stereotypical assumptions and stigma associated.
Sam, said: ” Being involved in the programme has provided a valuable opportunity for the charity to present an accurate and balance perspective regarding male suffers with eating disorders.
“We recognise that the Supersized vs Superskinny programme has previously attracted criticism from the eating disorders community, and we too have been part of this criticism in regards to the diet swap. Having been invited to participate in the programme for Emma Woolf’s report, we felt that our involvement is essential in challenging previous incorrect and unhelpful descriptions and depictions of male sufferers with eating disorders.
“In addition, this opportunity provides us with an
opportunity to set the record straight by addressing the gender stereotypes and misconceptions that still exist. As the leading charity on this issue, we believe its our duty to rise to this challenge and speak up and confront previous injustices portrayed in the media.”
The episode in which MGEDT features is available on the 4OD website.