Men are almost five times more likely to remain underdiagnosed than females on eating disorders which inturn delays their treatment options, according to new study. Eating disorders, which include anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder and overconsumption, are characterised by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape. "Stereotypes about who develops eating disorders could contribute to disparities in diagnosis and treatment, with males of higher weight, people of colour, and the non-affluent most likely to be slipping through the cracks," said Kendrin Sonneville, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan in the US. ‘Men are five times less likely to be diagnosed with common eating disorders compared to females.’ The study, conducted on college students, found that females were almost 1.5 times more likely to get treated than males, and affluent students were nearly two times more likely to get treatment compared to non-affluent. White students were nearly two times more likely to get diagnosed than students of colour, and underweight students were more than six times more likely to get diagnosed than those with a health body weight. Students with overweight or obesity were about half as likely to get diagnosed. "Most people with an eating disorder never get diagnosed and never get treatment, even though successful treatments that can reduce suffering, health consequences and cost are available," Sonneville said. "Many individuals with eating disorders do not recognise themselves in these stereotyped portrayals of eating disorders in the media and may not recognise the need for treatment," Sonneville added. For the study, published in the journal International Journal of Eating Disorders, 1,700 college graduates were analysed. The results showed that anorexia was much more likely to get diagnosed (73 per cent) compared to individuals with binge eating disorder (seven per cent). Sonneville said universal screening and prevention, led by clinicians, could help reduce these disparities. Source: IANS << Identify Asthma Types with Common Biological Features Compassion was the Key to Neanderthals Survival >> Recommended Reading Flintoff Battled Bulimia in Quest to Lose Weight Early in His Career Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff revealed that he struggled with bulimia as he attempted to lose weight during the early stages of his career. READ MORE Bulimia Killed Amy Winehouse Alex Winehouse, the younger brother of Amy Winehouse has said that it was bulimia that took the singer's life two years ago. READ MORE Brains of Anorexia Nervosa Patients Remain Altered Even After Treatment Brain scans of anorexia nervosa patients have implicated central reward circuits that govern appetite and food intake in the disease. READ MORE Stress, Genetic Risk, Dieting Trigger Anorexia Nervosa A combination of genetic and environmental risk factors can trigger eating disorders in humans, which can lead to prevention and treatment strategies. READ MORE Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder most commonly found among teenage girls. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a very low body weight, generally defined as 15% below the Body Mass Index. READ MORE Bulimia Nervosa The term ''Bulimia'' refers to episodes of uncontrolled excessive eating, known as "binges," followed by self-induced vomiting or purgation. READ MORE Chronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder? Chronic dieting is associated with eating disorders that mainly include unhealthy eating practices such as severe calorie restriction in diet of men or women who on a regular basis follow fad diets mainly to reduce weight. READ MORE Eating Disorders Eating disorders involve extreme attitudes and behaviors towards food and weight. It has the highest suicidal mortality rate than other mental illnesses. READ MORE Female Athlete Triad Female athlete triad is caused by extreme dieting and exercise usually among young women athletes and leads to abnormal menstruation, an unhealthy body and in extreme cases even death. READ MORE Sleep Eating Disorders Sleep-related eating disorders are abnormal eating behaviors that occur during night. Sleep related eating disorder is a part of parasomnias. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Noscaphene (Noscapine) Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) More News on: Anorexia NervosaBulimia NervosaSleep Eating DisordersFemale Athlete TriadEating DisordersChronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder?