Eating Disorders in Men

September 24, 2017
Veronica Hackethal, MD
Veronica Hackethal, MD

"Bigorexia" is the male version of anorexia nervosa. Could you spot it in your practice? More about being a man with a "woman's disorder" in these slides.

Men and boys exhibit many of the same aberrant behaviors around food and body image that women do, but their numbers have long gone unrecognized. The tide has begun to turn, however, as more research is devoted to eating disorders in men and the medical and psychiatric communities shift toward more sex-neutral diagnostic categories.

References:

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5. Maclean A, Sweeting H, Walker L, et al. It’s not healthy and it’s decidedly not masculine: a media analysis of UK representations of eating disorders in males.  BMJ Open 2015;5:e007468.