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Epidemiology of eating disorders, eating disordered behaviour, and body image disturbance in males: a narrative review


Mitchison, D and Mond, JM, Epidemiology of eating disorders, eating disordered behaviour, and body image disturbance in males: a narrative review, Journal of Eating Disorders, 3 Article 20. ISSN 2050-2974 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1186/s40337-015-0058-y


Challenges to epidemiological studies of eating and related body image disturbance disorders in males include, in addition to low base rates and the predominance of residual diagnostic categories, the female-centric nature of current classification schemes and the consequent lack of appropriate assessment instruments. In this narrative review, we summarise epidemiological data regarding the prevalence and correlates of eating disorders, related body image disturbance disorders, and eating disorder features in males. Attention is focused on disorders most likely to be observed among males, such as muscle dysmorphia and muscularity-oriented excessive exercise. It is argued that, given the multiple challenges involved in research of this kind, a focus on features is more likely to advance the field than a focus on diagnoses. In terms of correlates, we focus on impairment and help-seeking, since these issues are most relevant in informing public health burden, service provision, and related issues. We end with some thoughts about current gaps in the knowledge base and directions for future research that we consider to be most promising.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Epidemiology, Sex, Gender, Eating disorder, Muscle dysmorphia, Quality of life, Help-seeking, Review, Prevalence
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:112108
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:127
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2016-10-27
Last Modified:2017-11-07
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