Increasing Incidence Of Eating Disorders, Especially Among Males

It is believed that as many as 10 million females and 1 million males in the US may be affected by serious eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.

A recent article in the Milford Daily News highlights the problem, noting that although the vast majority of individuals with eating disorders are female, the incidence of eating disorders is increasing among males. Recent studies have confirmed that there are more men affected by eating disorders than previously believed. Eating disorders are often well hidden by those who suffer from them, and are therefore difficult for health professionals to detect.

While 85 – 90 percent of anorexia and bulimia sufferers are women, binge eating disorder affects approximately 2 percent of all adults, with slightly more women battling the eating disorder than men. It is estimated that up to 4 million Americans are affected in total. Binge eating disorder may cause those affected to suffer from similar health symptoms as obesity. Hypertension, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and cardiac issues are all potential health consequences of binge eating disorder.

Physicians are advised to be on the lookout for these complex disorders which often occur during an individual’s teenage and early adult years. It is also important to treat the other issues that accompany eating disorders such as anxiety, depression, and poor self-esteem.

The specific cause of eating disorders remains unknown, although certain factors may pre-dispose an individual to anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. Health professionals believe that a combination of factors such as cultural influences, relationship issues, trauma, or genetics may play a role.

Left untreated, these eating disorders can seriously disrupt the lives of sufferers and their families. The long-term outcome of undiagnosed eating disorders may result in severe or even fatal health consequences.

Source: The Milford Daily News

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

The information provided on EatingDisorders.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes and we encourage all visitors to see a licensed physician if they believe that they have an eating disorder. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of EatingDisorders.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.

Copyright © 2008-2017 EatingDisorders.com.
Company Information

© 2017 EatingDisorders.com. All rights reserved. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of EatingDisorders.com's terms of service and privacy policy. The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider.