Disordered Eating: The Young Male Side.

TitreDisordered Eating: The Young Male Side.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsAmmann, S, Berchtold, A, Barrense-Dias, Y, Akré, C, Surís, J-C
JournalBehavioral medicine (Washington, D.C.)
Date Published10/2018
Mots-clésAdolescent, Adolescent Behavior/psychology, Cross-Sectional Studies, Cross-sectional study, Disordered Eating, Feeding and Eating Disorders/psychology, Humans, Male, Obesity/epidemiology, Overweight/epidemiology, Prodromal Symptoms, Risk Factors, Switzerland, Switzerland/epidemiology, Young Adult

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.

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Alternate JournalBehav Med
Citation Key / SERVAL ID7949
Peer reviewRefereed
PubMed ID28605309


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