Male eating disorders and therapy: a controlled pilot study with one year follow-up

J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 2009 Sep;40(3):479-86. doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2009.06.004. Epub 2009 Jun 28.


Objectives: To examine whether outpatient treatment for male patients with bulimic symptomatology is as effective as it is for females.

Method: The outcome of 19 male patients was compared to that of 150 female eating disorder (ED) individuals after a group CBT treatment.

Results: A reduction in ED symptomatology was observed after treatment for both genders. Main effects for gender indicated that after collapsing across the mean pre/post values, lower mean scores were found for men in the EAT-40, in the EDI-total score and in the following EDI subscales: "drive for thinness", "body dissatisfaction" and "interoceptive awareness".

Conclusions: A group CBT treatment appears to be effective for male and female ED patients.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / classification
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medication Adherence / psychology
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Sex Characteristics*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult