Sam Thomas
GET UPDATES FROM Sam Thomas
 
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.

Entries by Sam Thomas

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

(1) Comments | Posted 14 April 2014 | (00:00)

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,...

Read Post

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

(1) Comments | Posted 24 March 2014 | (02:28)

Lady Gaga is a chief provocateur and no stranger to controversy in the music industry. Her crazed antics, fashion and lunacy in her performances is everything we either love or detest her for. From the meat dress of the VMA's three years ago, she has now reached a new level...

Read Post

Dedication to Jeremy Gillitzer: Why I Set Up Men Get Eating Disorders Too

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2014 | (12:32)

Men Get Eating Disorders Too is approaching it's fifth year birthday celebrations this Spring. Thinking back, I'm conflicted on whether it feels like five minutes or possibly five lifetimes! Out of of all the people I've encountered along the way is one person that has stuck in my mind...

Jeremy...

Read Post

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

(1) Comments | Posted 25 February 2014 | (23:00)

In case you were unaware it's Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) - a time to raise awareness, improve access to treatment and challenge the stigma associated with eating disorders.This key week is an opportunity for charities and activists to speak out and take action.

Despite advances in awareness in the...

Read Post

The Arguement for Orthorexia to be Classified as an Official Eating Disorder

(0) Comments | Posted 1 February 2014 | (23:48)

Most of us will be aware of anorexia and bulimia but how about orthorexia nervosa? I suspect many will be oblivious to the illness - not heard of it even, let alone know what it is.

Orthorexia is the term for a condition that includes symptoms of obsessive behaviour...

Read Post

Eating Disorders in Children and Teenagers Are Soaring, But Is the Internet Really to Blame?

(1) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (23:00)

This weekend the Independent on Sunday exclusively revealed figures that shown that the number of teenagers and young people with eating disorders had soared by 110% in the last three years. It is the latest in a series of articles highlighting the growing rise of eating disorders among the younger...

Read Post

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

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2014 | (23:41)

Last week I was truly concerned having read the story 'Former Anorexic Man Beats Eating Disorder To Become Bodybuilder' as reported Huffington Post. While it may seem 'inspirational' that 22 year-old Oliver Orchard went from anorexic to body-builder, it does raise some crucial questions...

My initial thoughts were...

Read Post

Is It Time for Schools to Tackle Eating Disorders, as Equal to Obesity and the Healthy Eating Agenda?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 January 2014 | (15:50)

Back at secondary school - over a decade ago - I can't recall eating disorders ever being spoken about. There were no lessons or assemblies on the issue, nor any resources available. Eating disorders was an invisible issue or one that schools were afraid to discuss or ignorant to.

Despite...

Read Post

Eating Disorders in Boys: Recognising the Signs Before It Gets to Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted 6 January 2014 | (23:00)

Typically, eating disorders are perceived to be illnesses which solely affect women, with the most common association being with girls and young women. However a growing number of boys and young men are developing anorexia and bulimia at an alarming rate.

According to official statistics one in ten sufferers...

Read Post

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

(1) Comments | Posted 30 December 2013 | (00:16)

Christmas and New Year festivities have drawn to a close and no doubt the majority of us will admit we've over-indulged. The excess calories consumed will be heavy on most people's minds with the obvious antidote to be joining the gym and extreme dieting - only to give up before...

Read Post