Men Mostly Remain Underdiagnosed For Eating Disorders than Women

Men mostly remain underdiagnosed for Eating disorders as compared to women, which results in delayed treatment option, says the latest research.

According to a survey conducted in the teen age students by a team of researchers from the University of Michigan in the United States, the great disparities has been observed in the people getting diagnosed or receive treatment over the eating disorders that involve bulimia, anorexia nervosa, overconsumption and binge eating disorders.

The team also came to see that men and the people of color left undiagnosed with eating disorders for many times, and thus the conditions prevents these people from going through a proper treatment.


Assistant professor, Kendrin Sonneville from the University of Michigan said in a statement that, “While many people assume that eating disorders affect ‘skinny, white, affluent girls,’ we found that among college students with eating disorders, just two per cent were underweight, most were not affluent, and a sizeable portion were male and nonwhite.”

Nearly 1700 college students were involved in the research and analyzed for the condition. Findings of the research have been disclosed in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, which show that anorexia is more likely to be diagnosed as in about 73 per cent of the people than the individuals diagnosed with binge eating disorder as nearly in seven per cent of the people.

“We also found that stereotypes about who develops eating disorders could contribute to disparities in diagnosis and treatment, with males, those of higher weight, people of color, and the non-affluent most likely to be slipping through the cracks,” Sonneville added.

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