Male eating disorders, do you know the signs? - Eating Disorders Victoria

Men get eating disorders too

It's ok to talk about it, and help is available.

What is an eating disorder?

An eating disorder is a serious mental illness characterised by eating, exercise and body weight or shape becoming an unhealthy preoccupation of someone’s life. Learn about the types of eating disorders, and the warning signs.

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Can guys get eating disorders?

Yes, guys get eating disorders too. Around one third of people with eating disorders in Australia are men and boys. Find out the specific risk factors for men and boys, including the pursuit of a lean and muscular body type.

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Where do I go for help?

If you'd like more information, or an understanding person to talk to, EDV can help. We can provide you with the information, tools and services you need to understand eating disorders and work towards recovery. Learn more about our diverse range of free low-cost support services available through EDV.

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Brock McLean shares his battle with bulimia

Ex-AFL footballer Brock McLean has shared his story to raise awareness about eating disorders in men. Hear from Brock, as well as other men, who have their own lived experience of an eating disorder.

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Can't stop eating in secret?

Many men who experience an eating disorder will have binge eating disorder. Binge eating is characterised by eating an excessive amount of food, often in a rapid space of time. These episodes can feel chaotic, uncontrollable and highly distressing.

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Counting every kilojoule, macro and micro?

Orthorexia is a term to describe a fixation with the quality or purity of food. Orthorexia can start with ‘healthy’ or ‘clean’ eating, then progress to severe dietary restrictions. The consequences of orthorexia are similar to that of other restrictive eating disorders.

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Using alcohol, drugs or other substances to cope?

Research tells us that about 50% of people with an eating disorder also engage in substance misuse. People who experience binge eating and purging behaviours report higher rates of substance misuse, and are more at risk of medical complications.

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Concerned about a loved one or a mate?

If you're worried that someone you care about may be experiencing an eating disorder, it's important to not watch and wait. Find out how to appropriately approach someone you're concerned about.

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