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Rise in eating disorders among men

Doctors have been urged to look out for men suffering from eating disorders amid concerns about a rise in the condition in England.

According to the NHS figures, men admitted to hospitals with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia rose 66% over the past 10 years.

Usually associated with teenage girls, eating disorders among men are being blamed on a recent trend to have a perfect body with bulging biceps and a six-pack stomach, experts warned.

Bulimia, which is difficult to detect as the patient suffering from this condition may not lose weight drastically, is believed to affect three times as many people as anorexia.

A spokesperson from the charity beat said dealing with the problem has become difficult as men are not open to admitting they suffer from eating disorders and are not willing to seek treatment.

He added: "We need GPs to be much more aware of the fact that males also these days are experiencing problems with eating disorders. They are not as good at recognising the symptoms in men as they should be."

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