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‘Recovering Your Future’ by Craig Edwards

This week (Monday 23rd February to Sunday 1st March 2015) is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. It gives us all a chance to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds men with eating disorders. If also gives those who are currently experiencing their own eating disorder hope, that those like myself who have now recovered from an eating disorder, can recover and take hold of their life, instead of the eating disorder taking over every aspect of somebodies life. It also gives us a chance to explain and give a more of an understanding as too what it is like to be a man who has an eating disorder.

I myself had struggled with my Bulimia for over ten years. I am now please too say that my days of suffering from Bulimia have long gone. I am now an ambassador for men’s eating disorder charity Men Get Eating Disorder’s Too.

I often think about those men who are currently going through a period of an eating disorder, by themselves all alone, with no one to turn to for help, right now. Right now as you read this, there is a man feeling pain, too scared, and afraid to speak out and get the help they are so desperately require.

The fear of being exposed as a man with an eating disorder, quite often provides the fuel and energy too keep it a secret. I did, and believe me how I wished things were different back then. But things have changed, more and more men are speaking up and out about their eating disorder. But there are still lots left to do, to raise awareness and break down all stigma attached too all eating disorders in both male and female.

Bulimia can often be a secretive eating disorder, and unlike other eating disorders bulimia is not necessarily that often visible. My own realization that I had the eating disorder bulimia led too sheer panic, which often would take over my whole body, I felt scared and alone with what I was doing too myself and my health. The stigma made me want to keep my eating disorder my own secret, so being so secretive led to me not being able to seek the professional help.

So how can a man even begin to recover from an eating disorder, when they are too ashamed or led too be felt ashamed of having an eating disorder.

You see men get eating disorders too, it just unfortunately is not widely publicized in the media, this is changing as I have said, but there is a need for much more awareness. More awareness that will help those men, who are too afraid to speak out too their families and friends.

Men require the help that could prevent them from taking their own lives, because eating disorders can have a psychological effect on you, and add to that, the serious emotional and possible physical illnesses. My own bulimia sunk me into depression, which led me too making an attempt on my own life. Being in hospital and having treatment for depression. It made me feel even more isolated and insecure, but at the same time gave me the incentive too fight back my bulimia, but if I had felt able to seek the help, before it got too late. Then I would not have also had the too fight against the stigma of having spent time in a mental health hospital. We need to make it easy for men to want to speak out about their eating disorder. More access to help. And too reduce the stigma that is attached to eating disorders in men. If you are struggling now, then do try to seek help, speaking to your GP could be the first step in your long road to recovery.

'Men Get Eating Disorders Too' is a registered charity in England and Wales no. 1139351.

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