Eating disorders in males: a comparison with female patients

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Abstract:

It is controversial whether males and females with eating disorders differ in a relevant way. We present a comparison of 30 male and 30 female patients assessed at The Maudsley Hospital in 2.5 years. Of the male group 33 per cent were anorexic, 50 per cent were bulimic, and 17 per cent met criteria for an eating disorder not otherwise specified. The female sample was matched to the males by diagnosis. Male and female patients are essentially similar, in particular there are no differences in severity of eating disorder. However, homosexuality appears to be more frequent among males. Moreover, males with an eating disorder show a stronger psychiatric co-morbidity and a higher rate of suicide attempts. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.

Keywords: eating disorders; homosexuality; males; psychiatric co-morbidity; suicide

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Eating Disorders Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF, UK 2: Department of Psychology, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ, UK

Publication date: August 1, 2000

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