27. Eating Disorders in Males

  1. John R. E. Fox3 and
  2. Ken P. Goss4
  1. Zach de Beer1 and
  2. Bernadette Wren2

Published Online: 3 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch27

Eating and its Disorders

Eating and its Disorders

How to Cite

de Beer, Z. and Wren, B. (2012) Eating Disorders in Males, in Eating and its Disorders (eds J. R. E. Fox and K. P. Goss), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch27

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK

  2. 4

    Coventry Eating Disorders Service, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. 1

    North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust, UK

  2. 2

    Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 9 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683545

Online ISBN: 9781118328910



  • eating disorders (EDs);
  • males


This chapter reviews the empirical and clinical literature on eating disorders (EDs) in adult men over the last 30 years. It first reports on a systematic literature review conducted to explore three main issues: the factors influencing the identification of males with EDs and their access to treatment provision; men's views on having a condition more prevalent among females; the treatment needs of men with EDs. It then reports the main findings of a recent qualitative study looking at the experience of nine men with long-term and severe EDs, recruited from UK specialist eating disorder services, making further links to the literature as it relates to the key themes of this study. Finally, the chapter summarizes some of the clinical recommendations around which there is growing consensus, and suggests areas where more research is needed.