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Sam Thomas

Founder and Director of Men Get Eating Disorders Too

Sam Thomas is the Founder and Director of Men Get Eating Disorders Too - a national charity dedicated to raising awareness, campaigning and supporting the needs of men with eating disorders. He set up the charity in Spring 2009 following his own experience of an eating disorder throughout his teens. Having had bulimia for eight years, he managed to recover in his early twenties. Reflecting on his experiences he realised being male was largely why he found it difficult to get appropriate support.

Sam is dedicated to raising awareness of eating disorders and body image and frequently talks about the issues in the press/media, training events and conferences. Sam's work has been recognised in the Shelia McKechnie Campaigner Awards, Beacon Prize, Beat Awards, the Talk Talk Digital Heroes Awards and National Diversity Awards.

Is the Over-Use of Sports Supplements a New Eating Disorder?

It's no secret I work out five to six days a week to strength train. I have tried supplements on and off over the years. I have also had an eating disorder a decade ago. One thing I am sure on is that supplements are not a substitute for good old fashioned food.
10/08/2015 10:19 BST

ED-UCATE Yourself: Seven Things You Should Know About Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a complex subject that not everyone knows about unless by first hand experience. Professionals on the front line are key in supporting people living with eating disorders of any walk of life. Getting the help they need early on is imperative for long-term recovery.
24/06/2015 12:11 BST

The Costs of Eating Disorders: The Men's Perspective

Too often, eating disorders in men is taken less seriously and 'novel' given the ratio between men and women suffering meaning men are the minority. Men suffering who are clearly isolated and marginalised need not have their gender questioned or jokes made about their non-existent periods.
09/03/2015 16:04 GMT

Coping at Christmas: The Men With Eating Disorders Suffering in Silence

From roast turkey, tins of sweets and mince pies - the temptation for excess of food is irresistible for many. However, for those suffering with anorexia and bulimia, the constant reminders of food can feel like never ending pain and torture. The time to be joyful is anything but that.
07/12/2014 21:56 GMT

'Drunkorexia: When Alcoholism Meets Eating Disorders'

The term 'Drunkorexia' is relatively new, but the condition is not. Drunkorexia is a combination of alcoholism and anorexia or bulimia. Usually, a person suffering from drunkorexia will deprive himself or herself of food during the day, in an attempt to keep calories under control when he or she goes drinking later.
24/06/2014 11:13 BST

Skinny Vs Fat: Why It's Time to End Body Shaming

Recently it's become apparent to me the 'skinny talk' is becoming commonplace as 'fat talk.' It seems any type of 'body shaming' is totally acceptable and rarely challenged. Is it about time we end this kind of talk altogether, for good?
29/04/2014 20:38 BST

Eating Disorders - A Women's Problem? Why We Need To Tackle The Gender Bias

For the past five years I've been campaigning and raising awareness of men with eating disorders with an aim to debunk the myth that eating disorders is a 'female problem.' Significant advances in awareness have been made in this short space of time to highlight the inequalities male sufferers face, but there's still a long way to go
13/04/2014 23:28 BST

Lady Gaga: The Fine Line Between Eating Disorders and 'Art'

It's hypocrisy as to why Gaga involved a vomit artist in her performance if she cares so deeply about the issue of eating disorders as she claims? Surely, she would realise the performance would conflict with those who idolise her who are suffering from anorexia and bulimia?
24/03/2014 14:04 GMT

Recovery From Eating Disorders: The Crucial Role of the GP and Diagnosis

It's easy to point the finger at GPs for not picking up on the signs but are they really to blame? Currently, doctors have no training on eating disorders as part of their seven-year degree. They have approximately 10 minutes - if that - with each patient and hardly sufficient to investigate a patient presenting the symptoms.
25/02/2014 17:58 GMT

From Anorexia Sufferer to Body Builder: Same Illness, A Different Guise?

The focus on size and shape seems to suggests eating disorder is a physical illness, which it is not. By 'calorie loading' this is simply ignoring the underlying causes of anorexia - it may put on the weight, yes. However it does little to address the key factors or triggers linked to his eating disorder.
20/01/2014 12:34 GMT

Binge Eating: The 'Forgotten' Eating Disorder That Is More Common in Men

The illness is characterized by compulsive, out-of-control episodes of eating followed by shame, guilt and depression has long been underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed. BED can be perceived 'less serious' than anorexia and bulimia, therefore diagnosed as Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS).
30/12/2013 14:34 GMT