The project, ‘Consider Male Eating Disorders’, focuses on the problems and perspectives of articulating, communicating and understanding anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders affecting men and boys. The interdisciplinary project is co-led by Dr Una Foye from IoPPN (as project lead for eating disorders) and Prof Heike Bartel from University of Nottingham (principal Investigator), and received funding from Arts and Humanities Research Council and Wellcome Trust.
As an under-represented patient group, male eating disorders is a topic we need to talk more about and funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council has allowed us to create training tools for doctors and others that make a real difference to how they treat this group. We would like to dedicate this award to those men and boys who have shared their experiences and co-produced the resources associated with the study and specifically to Laurence Nugent who sadly lost his life due to his eating disorder. We are determined to use the momentum of this award to drive our work further and help prevent further preventable tragedies. – Dr Una Foye
The project uses the experiences and voices of men who have lived experience of an eating disorder to develop new resources which have won the endorsement of three key medical bodies and reached over 500,000 medical practitioners. It has dramatically increased GPs’ confidence to spot the signs of EDs in men and to begin a conversation with them.