08 December 2016
BBC highlights eating disorders in men
Hugh Herzig, consultant
psychiatrist with AWP's STEPs eating
disorders service, has taken part in a BBC Points West
focus on eating disorders in men.
Hugh was invited into the studio by the Points West team for a
live interview as part of the feature, which led the evening news
on Wednesday 7 December.
The item focused on the experiences of Simon Rickards from
Cheltenham, who developed anorexia following an intense weight-loss
programme. Initially celebrating a seven stone weight loss from 23
stone, Simon was gradually forced to accept he had developed a
disorder as his weight continued to drop dangerously to his current
low of 8 stone. Simon is using his own ongoing battle with anorexia
to raise awareness of eating disorders in men and to highlight the
need for additional specialist inpatient resources to be made
available to men.
During his interview, Hugh expanded on the issues raised by
Simon, explaining that the efforts made across the NHS to improve
quality and dignity in patient care have paradoxically led to some
specialist eating disorder services no longer being permitted to
admit male patients. Hugh discussed some possible solutions,
explaining that STEPs is able to admit male patients on condition
that the service provides additional staffing for the duration of
the admission, specifically to ensure that the privacy and dignity
of both female and male patients is maintained.
Hugh also gave details of support and advice available to people
experiencing eating disorders:
Eating Disorders Too Twitter: @MGEDT
0345 634 1414
Anorexia & Bulimia Care (ABC) Tel: 03000 11
Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA) Tel: 01749 34 33