Tuesday 24 October 2017

Rise in male callers to Irish eating disorders helpline

Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

A helpline offering support to people with eating disorders has recorded a 30pc hike in the number of calls.

Bodywhys has revealed the majority of callers were aged between 25 and 35 years of age.

Those aged between 15 and 18 were the second highest age group of callers to its helpline.

Harriet Parsons, services co-ordinator with Bodywhys said that it did not come as a surprise to the organisation that individuals aged between 25 and 35 are dealing with eating disorders.

Secret

"Eating disorders are a coping mechanism. They are complex, often occur in secret, are not always obvious to others and in some cases, may be part of someone's life for a number of years," said Ms Parsons.

"Despite the fear that may come from speaking out, it is positive to see many people coming forward for help and support.

"The growth in contacts with our helpline and online groups shows that people with eating disorders value a safe and non-judgemental space to talk about what they are going through," the expert said.

Its figures show that there was an 84pc increase in people using YouthConnect, the Bodywhys online support group for teenagers, and one in five of those were new users.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week will runs until Sunday.

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