Eating Disorders Overlooked in Men, Minorities
Eating disorders (EDs) are underdiagnosed and undertreated in men, minorities, normal and higher-weight individuals, and those who are not affluent, new research shows. Investigators studied college students across the country and found that women were almost five times more likely than men to be diagnosed with EDs and that white students were nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed as students of color. Affluent students were also more likely than nonaffluent students to be treated, and students who were underweight were more likely than overweight students or students of normal weight to be diagnosed or treated.
@malti-t Antiquated ideas about who develops EDs, held by the general public and clinicians alike may perpetuate inequities in treatment. Research conducted in clinical samples may further perpetuate myths and stereotypes because of systematic differences between people who do, and do not, seek treatment.