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

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

(0) Comments | Posted 10 August 2015 | (05:29)

Interesting claims were made at the American Psychological Association's annual convention in Toronto last week, which found more and more men are using and misusing legal, over-the-counter supplements, leading to the practice's potential qualification as an emerging eating disorder.

The study, which was carried out by Dr Richard Achiro...

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

(3) Comments | Posted 23 June 2015 | (14:11)

Eating disorders iare 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.

In this blog...

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The Costs of Eating Disorders: The Men's Perspective

(0) Comments | Posted 8 March 2015 | (22:38)

Last month, the UK's leading eating disorders charity Beat, launched a report with findings on the 'true cost' of eating disorders in UK commissioned to the PwC. In the first analysis of the report it found that out of 600,000 or more people sought hospital treatment and the...

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Men Get Eating Disorders Too: Reflections on 2014 and Looking Towards the Year Ahead...

(0) Comments | Posted 29 December 2014 | (01:28)

With the year now drawing to a close, it is a perfect time to reflect on the year passed. In 2014 we celebrated our fifth year anniversary and what a year it has been. In this blog post I want to highlight some of our key achievements as we look...

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

(1) Comments | Posted 7 December 2014 | (23:00)

Christmas can be a difficult time for those who are suffering from an eating disorder, particularly for the men who are suffering in silence. This year, Men Get Eating Disorders Too (MGEDT), is reaching out to sufferers so they can be less isolated this festive season. As a...

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Why Beat's Campaign to Raise Awareness of Men's Eating Disorders Is... Balls

(0) Comments | Posted 6 November 2014 | (22:58)

This week Men Get Eating Disorders Too has condemned a new video created by Beat the leading eating disorders charity. The controversial video aims to encourage men with eating disorders to seek help by showing a young man vomiting up his testicles in a pub. We believe that the campaign...

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'Drunkorexia: When Alcoholism Meets Eating Disorders'

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2014 | (01:38)

Have you regularly skipped meals in replacement of a glass of wine? Or perhaps starve yourself with cocktail in hand? Finding yourself 'forgetting' to eat dinner in favour of an after-work pint of two... or ten? Well, if this sounds all too familiar you are not alone. In recent years,...

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21st Century Britain: Are Men More Body Anxious Than Women?

(0) Comments | Posted 6 June 2014 | (01:28)

Traditionally body image hang-ups have been widely accepted as something of a 'women's problem.' However, over the past decade, there has been a growing trend of men becoming increasingly body anxious and insecure.

In a recent one poll survey commissioned by the retailer New Look, their findings...

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

(1) Comments | Posted 30 April 2014 | (00:00)

Last week I overheard the personal trainer say: "Another rude boy about snap", as we crossed paths on the stairs at my local gym. "Yes, deffo," replied his female colleague he was with. Both spoke out loud deliberately and intentionally for me to hear. I have no doubt they...

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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,...

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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...

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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...


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

(0) 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.


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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...

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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...

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