Men with body image issues more likely to suffer from depression

Over the past 5 years there has been an increase of 63% in the number of men hospitalised with eating disorders, but body image issues in men are four times more likely to go undiagnosed, according to Mental Health Today. Men who struggle with body image may feel stigmatised at suffering from what they see as a “female” problem, and uncomfortable about disclosing it. They are at high risk of extreme dieting and purging, and are more likely than women to suffer from depression and other mental health issues.

Psychological therapies such as those offered by Oasis-Talk can help with the distress caused by body image problems. If you are struggling with an eating disorder you can also access various kinds of support through BEAT, the UK eating disorder charity, including peer support groups, information on local services and online help.