Opening a New Space for Health Communication: Twitter and the Discourse of Eating Disorders in Men

31/10/23

Eating disorders include—but are not confined to—bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, atypical eating disorders, and anorexia nervosa. Increasing prevalence, notably amongst young people in tandem with the COVID-19 pandemic (Solmi et al., 2021), has demanded increased attention from policymakers and researchers looking to better understand and respond to eating disorders across societies. Admittedly, this is from a comparatively low baseline of knowledge, where eating disorders research receives low levels of funding compared to other psychiatric conditions (MQ, 2017) despite high levels of mortality (Arcelus et al., 2011) and its considerable cost to health services and the economy (Bothe et al., 2022).


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