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Credit crunch brings rise in male eating disorders.

The credit crunch is causing a surge in men who suffer with anorexia and other eating disorders, a leading Midland specialist has revealed.

National eating disorder expert Professor Hubert Lacey, who is medical director of Newbridge House in Sutton Coldfield, where patients are treated on the NHS, said he had seen a noticeable increase of men at his clinics since the credit crunch began to bite.

It comes as latest NHS figures show there has been a rise in children under the tender age of nine suffering with bulimia and anorexia nervosa in the region.

Numbers of girls under 18, admitted to hospital for eating disorders, have also doubled over the past five years from 30 to 60 in the West Midlands, with a celebrity culture blamed on the rises.

"We are seeing a lot more men and boys suffering with eating disorders and there has been a significant amount of adult men being referred since the credit crunch began," said Prof Lacey..

"This could be due to the stress and anxiety about job prospects meaning they take more care of their appearance. It works in a similar way to men being in an emotional relationship".

Despite an increase, males only account for around ten per cent of eating disorder cases, with the majority of patients still women.

West Midland statistics show that 74 women, 53 aged 10 to 18 and seven girls under nine were admitted to hospital for eating disorders last year..
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 29, 2009
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