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.
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