On Monday 30th January Men Get Eating Disorders Too was featured in a report on BBC 1’s Inside Out in the South-east region highlighting the lack of awareness and the difficulties men face seeking help.
For anyone who missed the programme or lives outside the region you can watch the report on the BBC Iplayer (12 minutes and 30 secs). To watch click here
Contributors to the report included John Evans, who is recovering from anorexia and recently self published his book ‘Becoming John: Anorexia’s Not Just For Girls’ and Jenny Langley, a mother of a son recovered from anorexia and wrote the book ‘Boys Get Anorexia Too’. Sam Thomas, Founder and Project Leader of MGEDT, was also interviewed and openly spoke about his experience of bulimia and the work of the charity.
Liam Tarry who spoke to Sam our online live chat service in the report comments on his blog: “I credit this website (MGEDT) with saving my life, because without it I don’t think I would have found the courage to recognise my disorder and go and seek help. Run by Sam Thomas, who himself suffered from an eating disorder, it includes lots of helpful links and information about eating disorders and how to seek help.“
When I first logged on to MGEDT I was in a very very bad place. I remember reading Sam’s story and realising, “Hey, I have an eating disorder. I am not ashamed to admit it. I need to find help now, because I am not alone.”
MGEDT’s petition to improve service provision for men with eating disorders was recently reported on the BBC news website.