A Study On Eating Disorders Essay

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Past research has extensively and thoroughly studied eating disorders in adolescence. However these studies have primarily focused on females, thus contributing to the lack of knowledge to accurately represent males with eating disorders. This can be seen as outdated research supported the theory that there was a 10:1 female/male eating disorder ratio (Andersen, 1992; Rastam et al, 1989), while current data states a staggering 3:1 female/male eating disorder ratio (Hoek & Van-Hoeken, 2003;Jones & Morgan, 2010). The inadequate or extreme food intake leads to severe mental and physical health risks. A few of these risks include intense depression, starvation, and even organ failure (Jones & Morgan, 2010). With findings concluding that eating disorders exist in all socioeconomic classes and major ethnic groups, no one is exempt from being effected by eating disorders (Becker et al, 1999). An estimated 30% of girls and 15% of males ages 13-18 have had severely unhealthy eating habits in which they have required medical evaluations (Campbell & Peebles, 2014). Despite these high statistics and the serious risks associated with eating disorders, male victims of eating disorders are continuously underdiagnosed and untreated (Campbell & Peebles, 2014). In this literature review, modern research studies pertaining to anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa will be compiled in order to explore the differences of prevalence and characteristics across gender.
Anorexia Nervosa
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