Epidemiology of eating disorders in boys and men

Nora Trompeter, Kay Bussey, Deborah Mitchison

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This chapter examines the epidemiology of eating disorders among boys and men, including prevalence, demographic distribution, impairment/burden, comorbidity, and treatment-seeking. While eating disorders are commonly believed to occur predominantly in girls and women, eating disorders affect around 5–10% of adolescent boys and 2% of adult men. Moreover, many adolescent boys and adult men experience symptoms of eating disorders, such as body dissatisfaction or disordered eating. These issues cause significant impairment in regard to their quality of life. Furthermore, men with eating disorders frequently experience comorbid psychological disorders, in particular anxiety and depression. Despite these impairments, few adolescent boys or men receive treatment for their eating disorder.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEating disorders in boys and men
EditorsJason M. Nagata, Tiffany A. Brown, Stuart B. Murray, Jason M. Lavender
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030671273
ISBN (Print)9783030671266
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2021


  • eating disorders
  • epidemiology
  • prevalence
  • comorbidity
  • body dissatisfaction


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