What are the symptoms and causes of eating disorders in men?
While each eating disorder may have specific symptoms and behaviours to watch out for, some universal signs can help you spot disordered eating early. On this page we look at the symptoms and causes of male eating disorders.
Symptoms of eating disorders in men
Knowing how to spot the early signs and symptoms of an eating disorder in men can help you or your loved one receive prompt, practical support as soon as possible. While each eating disorder may have specific symptoms and behaviours to watch out for, some universal signs can help you spot disordered eating early, such as preoccupation with food, rapid changes in mood, and concern over body shape and size.
If you’re concerned that you may be showing symptoms of an eating disorder, or you’re connecting the dots when it comes to a loved one in your life, our “Spot the Signs” page has more detail about what you should be looking out for. By spotting issues early, it may be easier to receive the care and treatment needed to recover.
For many people, searching for the sole cause behind an eating disorder seems like the best way to get to the root of this specific mental health issue. But there’s no one ‘solution’ to what triggers or causes an eating disorder. As a mental illness, eating disorders can be caused by many different factors, from genetic factors to difficulties at home or a high-pressure work environment.
It’s important to know that no one is to blame for eating disorders, and it’s more important to focus on support and care than the ‘why’ itself. It’s human nature to look for a reason behind any behaviour or mental health problem. But, whether you’re struggling with an eating disorder yourself or you know somebody who is, focusing on getting the help needed is the best thing you can do.