Did you know?
- Men face enormous body image pressures. Research indicates that a significant number of men are unhappy with their body shapes and weight and one-third of male adolescents engage in unhealthy weight control behaviours, such as steroid use, excessive exercising or restrictive eating.
- Recent studies suggest that as many as 1 in 4 cases of eating disorders occur in males, with rates of binge eating being equal in both men and women.
A Hidden Problem
- Men are less likely to seek out mental health support services because of social gender norms that say being ‘masculine’ means being ‘independent’, and ‘invulnerable.’
- When it comes to disordered eating, men are less likely to seek out support and often delay seeking treatment until their condition is severe.
- The belief that eating disorders are a female-only issue adds to this stigma, making it even harder for men to talk about their struggle and look for treatment or support.
What are we doing to help?
- Sheena’s Place now offers a support group and seasonal workshops specifically for men with body image, weight and shape, food preoccupation or excessive exercise concerns.
- The weekly support group offers the opportunity to engage in an open dialogue with other men in a safe and welcoming space.
- Workshops range from skill-building to educational sessions and are offered four times a year.
Our next support group specifically for men will be starting in January 2015.