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Researchers from the University of Chicago recently decided to look at gender differences when it comes to eating disorders. This study examined about 620 participants ages 6-18 who had symptoms that qualified for an eating disorder. A majority of the group consisted of female participants.
The findings of the study showed that males tended to exhibit an earlier onset age for eating disorder symptoms – 13, compared to age 14 for girls. Almost two-thirds of boys were diagnosed with disorders found in the “other” category rather than anorexia or bulimia, including binge eating.
Girls had higher rates of both anorexia and bulimia than boys. Their eating disorders were also more often linked to mood disorders than boys.
These findings were published in the Journal of Adolescent Health on February 10, 2016.