Expert: male eating disorder on the rise


Published: 2Aug2017

In the United Kingdom, "the number of adult men being admitted to hospital with an eating disorder has risen by 70% over the past six years – the same rate of increase as among women," reports The Guardian. Is there a similar trend in Canada? 

Howard Steiger, Department of Psychology, McGill University

"The data presented in The Guardian highlight the point that eating disorders are not simply disorders affecting women. Men are also affected. And there is evidence to suggest that eating disorders continue to be on the rise, perhaps especially among men and boys."
—Howard Steiger

He's the Program Chief of the Eating Disorders Program (EDP) at the Douglas Institute. He can talk about the various factors underlying eating disorders such as stressful life experiences, and genetic and epigenetic factors. He's also interested in how different approaches impact patients, such as motivation for change or novel approach (transcranial magnetic stimulation). He also can discuss the effects of social programs aimed at reducing media pressures favouring thinness upon behaviours and attitudes within the image industries and the population at large.

Available August 2nd and 3rd for interviews.

Howard.Steiger.COMTL [at] (English, French)

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