Eating disorders in men

Eating disorders in men

 An eating disorder is when you have an unhealthy attitude towards food.

It can involve:

  • eating too much
  • eating too little
  • becoming obsessed with your weight and body shape 

Men and women of any age can get an eating disorder. It usually develops first in the teenage years.

For men the perfect chiselled, muscular physique is often the Holy Grail. That means that the proportion of men with bulimia or binge eating disorder is much higher than the proportion with anorexia. Men are more likely to exercise to excess than women are. But the underlying mental suffering is very much the same.

Many of the triggers for eating disorders differ between men and women. Men who develop eating disorders have often been overweight at some point. Men are also more likely to worry about their weight because of how it might affect their athletic ability.

Muscle dysmorphia - an obsession with developing the right muscles, which has much overlap with eating disorders - is much more common in men than in women. Closely linked to this is the use of anabolic steroids, as common in men as anorexia and bulimia combined in women. 


There are treatments that can help. 

If you are concerned about your eating habits or body size, please contact us: 

Student health centre: 7005143 (Glasnevin) or 8852239 (St Patricks)

Counselling and Personal Development:  Freefone 1800816938   

More information:

Types of eating disorders

What triggers eating disorders in Men

Getting help for your eating disorder