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The enigma of male eating disorders: A critical review and synthesis


Murray, SB and Nagata, JM and Griffiths, S and Calzo, JP and Brown, TA and Mitchison, D and Blashill, AJ and Mond, JM, The enigma of male eating disorders: A critical review and synthesis, Clinical Psychology Review, 57 pp. 1-11. ISSN 0272-7358 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2017.08.001


Historically, male presentations of eating disorders (EDs) have been perceived as rare and atypical - a perception that has resulted in the systematic underrepresentation of males in ED research. This underrepresentation has profoundly impacted clinical practice with male patients, in which i) stigmatization and treatment non-engagement are more likely, ii) a distinct array of medical complexities are faced, and iii) symptom presentations differ markedly from female presentations. Further, the marginalization of males from ED research has hindered the assessment and clinical management of these presentations. This critical review provides an overview of the history of male EDs and synthesizes current evidence relating to the unique characteristics of male presentations across the diagnostic spectrum of disordered eating. Further, the emerging body of evidence relating to muscularity-oriented eating is synthesized in relation to the existing nosological framework of EDs. The impact of marginalizing male ED patients is discussed, in light of findings from epidemiological studies suggesting that clinicians will be increasingly likely to see males with ED in their practices. It is suggested that changes to current conceptualizations of ED pathology that better accommodation male ED presentations are needed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:male eating disorders, muscularity-oriented disordered eating, male body image, eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:123076
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:324
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-12-15
Last Modified:2018-08-24

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