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Gender and help-seeking for an eating disorder: findings from a general population sample

Thapliyal, P, Mitchison, D, Mond, JM ORCID: 0000-0002-0410-091X and Hay, P 2018 , 'Gender and help-seeking for an eating disorder: findings from a general population sample' , Eating and weight disorders , doi: 10.1007/s40519-018-0555-5.

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Purpose: This study aimed to compare gender differences in eating disorder (ED) features and to examine the role of genderas a predictor of ED help-seeking controlling for other putative determinants, namely weight/shape overvaluation, age, BMI,and impairment in role functioning.Methods: Demographic, ED symptoms, and related data were collected during household interviews of individualsaged≥15 years. One hundred and forty-eight participants (164 after data were weighted) with an ED syndrome wereidentified.Results: Compared to women, men with an ED were younger and had lower levels of purging and overvaluation. However,men and women with an ED had similar levels of functional impairment, binge eating and strict dieting. In univariateanalyses, males in general, but not males with an ED, were significantly less likely than females to seek help for an ED. Inmultivariate analysis of people with an ED, only BMI was significantly associated with treatment-seeking.Conclusion: Functional health impairment and common ED behaviours were similar for men and women with EDs. Gendermay not be a primary reason to be more or less likely to seek help for an ED. Rather, other features, most notably, a higherBMI, appear to be stronger predictors of ED-specific help-seeking.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Thapliyal, P and Mitchison, D and Mond, JM and Hay, P
Keywords: Eating disorder, Help-seeking, Males, Females
Journal or Publication Title: Eating and weight disorders
Publisher: Editrice Kurtis
ISSN: 1124-4909
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s40519-018-0555-5
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