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Behav Med. 2018 Oct-Dec;44(4):289-296. doi: 10.1080/08964289.2017.1341383. Epub 2017 Jul 7.

Disordered Eating: The Young Male Side.

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a Lausanne University Hospital.
b University of Lausanne.


Disordered eating (DE) is known to predominate among girls, and historically studies have focused primarily on them. This cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the characteristics of adolescent and young adult males at risk of DE. Participants (N = 2269; 15-24 years) in a study assessing their lifestyle were divided into two groups based on the SCOFF five-question screening tool: a SCOFF[+] group for participants at risk of disordered eating, and a SCOFF[-] group for everyone else. SCOFF[+] participants were more likely to be overweight and obese; have a lower socio-economic status and non-Swiss parents; experience weight issues; and report a chronic condition, poorer emotional well-being and a less positive attitude towards life. With 10% of males at risk of DE, clinicians should be aware of their specific characteristics, which should be considered red flags. DE is no longer a female-specific issue.


Switzerland; adolescent; cross-sectional study; disordered eating; male; young adult

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