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Keywords:

  • males;
  • eating disorders;
  • anorexia nervosa;
  • gender;
  • adolescents;
  • assessment;
  • Eating Disorder Examination

Abstract

Objective:

The study aimed to explore the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) for adolescent males with eating disorders (EDs) compared with adolescent females with EDs.

Method:

Data were collected from 48 males and matched on percent median body weight (MBW) and age to 48 females at two sites.

Results:

Adolescent males with anorexia nervosa-type presentation scored significantly lower than matched females on Shape Concern, Weight Concern, and Global score. They also scored lower on a number of individual items.

Discussion:

The EDE has clinical utility with adolescent males with anorexic-type presentation although males' scoring ranges are consistently lower than those from adolescent females with similar clinical presentations. Males scored significantly lower on a number of items representing core symptoms such as desire to lose weight. More research is needed to gain a better understanding of the experience of adolescent males with EDs, particularly in relation to the nature of shape concern. © 2011 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012)