Stereotypes about eating disorders are preventing LGBT people from getting help

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Stereotypes about who gets an eating disorder are one of the main reasons why LGBT individuals with eating disorder take time hesitating whether to apply for treatment. This delay could make it harder for LGBT+ individuals with eating disorders to recover, according to the research by the eating disorder charity Beat. A YouGov poll commissioned by the charity found that 37% of lesbian, gay or bisexual respondents feel psychologically uncomfortable to ask for help while for straight people this amount is almost 1.5 times lower (24%). This statistics is even more concerning if to mention that LGBT people in general are many times more likely to have eating disorders than their straight peers. “I didn’t reveal my bisexuality until I was 25, even though I knew I was attracted to women from a young age,” said one of the respondents, bulimia survivor named Rebecca, who said that biphobia led her to eating disorder but she did not apply for help as she thought she could be even more abused and stigmatized by the clinic staff.

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