Eating Disorders in Males

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2019 Oct;28(4):641-651. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2019.05.012. Epub 2019 Jul 11.


Eating disorders are serious psychiatric disorders, associated with significant psychiatric and medical consequences. Although traditionally considered a female disorder, more recent evidence has determined that EDs among males are not uncommon and are equally severe in symptom presentation. Among youth and adolescent males, certain factors increase the risk for ED, including muscularity-focused body image concerns and sexual orientation. Future study of these and other factors that may increase the risk for or maintain EDs among adolescent males is critical to improving screening, assessment, and precision treatment efforts.

Keywords: Anorexia nervosa; Binge eating disorder; Bulimia nervosa; Eating disorders; Male eating disorders; Muscle dysmorphia.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anorexia Nervosa / diagnosis
  • Binge-Eating Disorder / diagnosis
  • Body Image / psychology*
  • Child
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Surveys and Questionnaires