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Squeeze on men's eating; ANOREXIA: Surge reported.

Byline: Alison Dayani

THE stress of the credit crunch is causing a surge in "manorexia", a leading Birmingham 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 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 in the West Midlands, with a celebrity culture blamed.

"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.

"I think the credit crunch may be a factor for men. This could be due to the stress and anxiety about job prospects meaning they take more care of their appearance.

"There is also the factor that women have always been judged by their appearance as well as their abilities, but the same thing is now appearing in men and they are starting to be more aware of that.

"The rise in numbers is generally also indicative of the way society is moving, more preoccupied with appearance and presentation than ever before." Bulimia among men has become less of a taboo since celebrities confided that they had suffered with the disorder, including former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, pop star Elton John, racing driver David Coultard and footballer Paul Gascoigne.

West Midland statistics show that 74 women, 53 females aged 10 to 18 and seven girls under nine were admitted to hospital for eating disorders last year.

Five years ago, there were 67 women and 30 girls from ages 10 to 18 treated..
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Date:May 29, 2009
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