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Why are eating disorders primarily diagnosed in women over men? From one angle is answer is obvious, many more women than men present for eating disorder treatment. The National Institute of Mental Health suggests that 5 – 15 percent of individuals diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia will be male. Of clients diagnosed with binge eating disorder, 35 percent will be male. But does this really mean that eating disorders are more common in women? Nobody really knows. There are multiple reasons for this confusion:
These reasons are not exhaustive and the fact is that we truly do not have a definite answer as to why more women than men present for treatment. What we do know is that this issue requires much more research. Figuring out why so many more women present for treatment than men may help us understand how eating disorders are triggered and thus how to prevent them.
Next week: Eating disorders and your brain
Contributions by Sarah Emerman
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