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Eat Disord. 2012;20(5):405-15. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2012.715520.

An examination of medical and psychological morbidity in adolescent males with eating disorders.

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  • 1Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


The objective of this study was to examine the clinical profile of adolescent male patients presenting for eating disorder (ED) assessment over a 17-year period. A retrospective cohort study was completed. A total of 52 patients (8% of the total sample) were included in the study. The average age of patients was 14.7 years and the most common diagnosis observed was Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS). Rates of concurrent depression and anxiety were very high, as were rates of medical co-morbidity, including osteoporosis. Our study supports findings documented in previously published reports of males with eating disorders and adds to the limited knowledge base which targets adolescents specifically. Multi-center controlled trials are required to further investigate male-specific ED symptomatology, treatment courses, and outcomes.

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