DkIT are getting behind a new drive by Bodywhys, to help raise awareness of eating disorders in both men and women.
Bodywhys is the national voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders.
Paddy O’Rourke, DkIT student vice president said that: “I am very happy to be supporting Bodywhys and helping to combat the stigma associated with eating disorders.
“It is important that those suffering don’t feel alone and know that there is help available to them.
Colin Cooney, DkIT Fresher GAA Coach: “I think it’s great that Bodywhys are gaining awareness and highlighting this serious issue. Anyone can be affected by eating disorders, men and women alike and that is really what people need to understand”.
It is estimated that 10 per cent of cases of anorexia and bulimia are male, though more recent studies suggest this figure could be as high as 25 per cent. It is a common misperception that eating disorders only affect women. The reality is that eating disorders affect both men and women, boys and girls. The misconception that eating disorders are a ‘female issue’ can sometimes make it harder for a man to acknowledge there is a problem.