Eating disorders in men: underdiagnosed, undertreated, and misunderstood

Eat Disord. 2012;20(5):346-55. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2012.715512.


This article provides a survey of eating disorders in men, highlights the dramatic rise in eating disorders, identifies issues specific to males, and suggests areas for research and intervention. This survey concludes that men with eating disorders are currently under-diagnosed, undertreated, and misunderstood by many clinicians who encounter them. Ongoing research addressing these issues is expected to result in assessment tools and treatment interventions that will advance positive outcomes for men with eating disorders.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Image / psychology
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
  • Exercise / psychology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / epidemiology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Men's Health
  • Sex Factors
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology