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Do men have eating disorders ?

Eating disorders in men are less likely to be recognized or diagnosed by professionals, including GPs.

Weight loss is more likely to be attributed by themselves and professionals, to physical causes rather than to psychological ones.

There is considerable overlap between the risk elements and the age of onset in men and women, usually in the late teenage years. There are however some significant factors:-

Avoiding childhood bullying/teasing for being overwieght.

Body building/exercise.

Specific occupations including involvement in athletics.

Gender and sexuality are significant factors.

Christine El-Fourti

NCFED

Affiliate Practitioner of
The National Centre For Eating Disorders

© Christine El-Fourti 2009-2010