The number of male admissions for eating disorders has risen by 16 per cent in the past 12 months, figures released by the NHS Information Centre have revealed.

The figures include 117 admissions for teenagers - 78 for under 14 years of age and 39 for those aged 15-18. In total there were 228 hospital admissions for males with anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders.

This a rise from 160 in 2007/08 and 196 in 2009/10.

However, eating disorder charities have said the figures may just scratch the surface of male eating disorders, as they only focused on cases that were so severe they resulted in hospital admissions.

Mary George, spokesperson for Beat, told the Daily Mail: "We can't say for sure that there are more men suffering from eating disorders now but there is certainly more awareness, which means more are coming forward for treatment. There is more pressure on men from magazines with celebrities and male models to have that ideal body image.

"But there's still a lot of stigma and misunderstanding because the majority of eating disorders occur in females.

"That's why men are ashamed to come forward and admit they have a problem."

Posted by Robert Mair on 16/04/2012