Eating disorders in adolescent boys: a review of the adolescent and young adult literature

J Adolesc Health. 2003 Dec;33(6):427-35. doi: 10.1016/s1054-139x(03)00060-0.


Although a number of studies have investigated eating disorders in adolescence and the topic has been thoroughly reviewed, these studies have typically focused on females, only to state that the approach and treatment should be similar in males. Recently, there have been a number of studies that have explored gender differences in eating disorders. In this article, we review the literature pertaining to two DSM-IV-defined disorders (anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa), a DSM-IV-defined research disorder (binge eating disorder), and two DSM-PC-defined disorders (dieting/body image and purging/binge-eating behaviors), highlighting those findings that pertain to disordered eating in adolescent boys.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anorexia Nervosa / epidemiology
  • Anorexia Nervosa / pathology
  • Bulimia / epidemiology
  • Bulimia / pathology
  • Child
  • Diet
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Male