ORAL PRESENTATION Open Access
The prevalence and impact of eating disorder
behaviours in Australian men
, Jonathan Mond
, Shameran Slewa-Younan
, Phillipa Hay
From 2013 ANZAED Conference: Inspiring Change: Person and Context
Melbourne, Australia. 23-24 August 2013
To determine sex differences in the prevalence and
associated impairment of eating disorder (ED) features
Cross-sectional surveys of randomly selected adults were
carried out in 1998 (n = 3010) and 2008 (n = 3034).
Outcomes included self-reported health-related quality
of life (HRQoL), objective and subjective binge eating,
extreme dieting, purging, and overevaluation of weight
Men represented 23 - 41% of participants who reported
ED features. Objective binge eating was associated with
greater reductions in mental HRQoL in men compared
to women (p < 0.05), whereas overevaluation of weight or
shape was associated with greater reductions in HRQoL
in women compared to men (p < 0.05). The prevalence
of extreme dieting and purging increased at a faster rate
in men compared to women (p = 0.03), whereas the rate
of increase in objective binge eating was similar between
the sexes (p > 0.05). Mental HRQoL impairment asso-
ciated with binge eating had increased over time for men
but not for women (p < 0.05).
The gender gap in the prevalence and impact of ED
behaviours may be closing. Implications include the
need for more gender-neutral public health campaigns
and interventions, and the active inclusion of male parti-
cipants in ED research.
This abstract was presented in the Disordered Eating
Characteristics & Treatment stream of the 2013
School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Australia.
Applied Psychology, University of Canberra, Australia.
School of Medicine,
University of Western Sydney, Australia.
Centre for Health Research, School
of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Australia.
Published: 14 November 2013
Cite this article as: Mitchison et al.: The prevalence and impact of
eating disorder behaviours in Australian men. Journal of Eating Disorders
2013 1(Suppl 1):O23.
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