Men Get Eating Disorders Too – a leading UK based eating disorders charity – has launched a petition on the Direct Gov website.
The petition aims to address the barriers men with eating disorders are faced when approaching help at the point of access and in treatment services. MGEDT is calling on the government to make key changes in policy and delivery levels so male sufferers are able to seek the support they need. If enough people sign the petition, it will be eligible to have the issue debated in parliament.
Sam Thomas, MGEDT Founder and Project Leader, comments: “There is a still a great deal of stigma attached to eating disorders and the stereotypical assumptions often made about eating disorders can make it all the more difficult for male sufferers to seek help.
“I know from first-hand experience how difficult it can be as a man making those first steps getting help. At eighteen I approached the doctor to get support for bulimia as I was getting desperate and needed treatment urgently. Despite the severity of my illness at that time, the doctor brushed off the symptoms saying I was simply ‘depressed’. If I was a female with the same set of situations and symptoms, I’m sure I would have been diagnosed quicker. What’s most worrying is that this is not a lone experience – many male sufferers out there are unable to seek the
vital help they need due to the lack of understanding and awareness of eating disorders among professionals.
“It’s important to remember that eating disorders are indiscriminate and can affect anyone, irrespective of their age, social background, race, sexual orientation and indeed gender. Only with increased awareness and understanding of eating disorders in men will the barriers be eradicated. Ultimately, we want to see services that are inclusive to the needs of all.”
To view the petition and to sign go to:http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/26689
Please also share the link on your blogs and social networking pages asking people to sign.