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Témoignage : People don't think men get eating disorders

le 29 juin 2015

[South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust] Daniel thinks he first developed an eating disorder when he was at university at the age of 19. There wasn't a particular trigger but he had low self esteem and inadvertently began to starve himself. The 38-year-old said: “I hated myself and starving seemed like a good punishment I suppose. I had a couple of relationships that didn’t really work out and I just felt like I wanted to numb myself.”

Daniel’s anorexia adversely affected his personal and social life over the years, leading to the demise of his music band and the loss of several friendships, but still it was not really recognised as an eating disorder.

He said: “I went to my GP who diagnosed me with depression but my weight was terrible and that was not really considered as a factor. At my worst I weighed 6.5 stone and I am nearly six feet tall. I was extremely poorly but it took a long time before I was diagnosed with an eating disorder.

“In 2006 I was literally skin and bones, I was walking around in a daze with no energy. I remember struggling to climb up the stairs or to walk a few hundred metres. People even thought I had cancer. People were literally more willing to believe I had a terminal illness than an eating disorder because I am a man.”

Source South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust