Severe eating disorder initially diagnosed in a 72-year-old man

Int J Eat Disord. 2008 May;41(4):376-9. doi: 10.1002/eat.20505.


Objective: Eating disorders in our society mainly affect young women. Cases in males are far less common, and reported cases in elderly males are rare.

Method: We report the case of 72-year- old male admitted to a geriatric psychiatry service for grave passive neglect with mild dementia thought to be due to nutritional deficiency.

Results: The patient was found to have an eating disorder not otherwise specified, most closely resembling anorexia nervosa, which was believed to be the cause of the nutritional problem.

Conclusion: This case highlights the need for diagnostic awareness regarding eating disorders in patients of all ages and of both genders.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anorexia Nervosa / complications
  • Anorexia Nervosa / diagnosis*
  • Anorexia Nervosa / psychology
  • Dementia / complications
  • Dementia / diagnosis
  • Dementia / psychology
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Malnutrition / complications
  • Malnutrition / rehabilitation
  • Severity of Illness Index