02/05/2014 12:11 BST | Updated 02/05/2014 12:59 BST

Breaking The Stigma: It's Time To Talk About Body Image Issues For Men (VIDEO)

Women have been struggling with body image disorders for a while, but it is only recently that men's experiences and anxieties have started to become the focus of conversations.

Sam Thomas, founder of Men Get Eating Disorders Too, wrote in a recent blog: "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..."

According to recent figures, one in ten eating disorder sufferers are male but with the limited numbers of men who seek help, but Sam is skeptical about these figures.

As Jason Fierstein, a US-based licensed professional counsellor for men, explains, men are less likely to discuss body image hang ups and more likely to suffer in silence.

Bigorexia, the body image disorder which results in men obsessing about building muscle and having the perfect body , is also a serious issue. In recent years, MSN UK report than incidents have increased by 45%.

For more, watch the video above.

See Also:

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

Bigorexia: Body Image Disorder For Men Is On The Increase - Is It A Real Thing?