Eating disorders refer to a number of conditions characterised by eating patterns that affect a person’s health and wellbeing.
The most well-known eating disorders are anorexia, characterised by someone consuming little or no food at all, and bulimia, where a person binge eats before purging (making themselves sick).
Eating disorders are often believed to mainly affect women, but this isn’t true. Eating disorders are more common than you might think among gay and bisexual men, and the issue is widely under-reported.
Living with an eating disorder is a complex mental health condition which can lead to serious health complications, so it’s vital to get help and advice if you’re worried about it.
The complex relationship between gender identity, sexual orientation, how an individual person feels, and their body image are only just starting to be understood.
However, we do know there are certain factors which affect the development of eating disorders in gay and bisexual men:
It can be really hard to work out when someone is suffering from an eating disorder, but symptoms tend to fall into two main groups – behavioural or physical.
Here are some things to look out for: