What percent of persons with an eating disorder are female?


What percent of persons with an eating disorder are female?

Eating Disorders in Women:

Eating disorders are typically seen as "female" mental illnesses. While this is not entirely accurate, in Western cultures women especially are under social pressure to maintain a certain body type. Interestingly, women still develop eating disorders in cultures where thinness is not idealized, so women may be particularly prone to the other biological and psychological causes of eating disorders.

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According to the DSM-5, a little more than 90% of cases of anorexia and bulimia occur in females. Binge eating disorder is about twice as common in...

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Vocabulary for Eating Disorders & Nutritional Problems


Chapter 14 / Lesson 5

Lots of eating disorders and nutritional problems go hand-in-hand, but this lesson will define different kinds separately from one another. These include anorexia, cachexia, bulimia, obesity, and more.

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