Prevalence (adolescence, early adulthood, women, men)
Eating disorders are relatively common and can affect people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. However, certain groups are at a higher risk of developing an eating disorder.
Adolescence: Eating disorders are most common in adolescence and early adulthood, particularly among teenage girls. This may be due to the physical and emotional changes that occur during this time, as well as societal pressure to conform to a certain body shape or weight.
Women: Eating disorders are more common in women than men. This may be due to societal pressure for women to conform to a certain body shape or weight, as well as the hormonal changes that occur during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.
Men: Eating disorders can affect men as well, but the prevalence is lower than in women. Men may be less likely to seek help for eating disorders due to societal stereotypes that eating disorders only affect women.
It is important to note that eating disorders are not limited to any specific group, and anyone can develop an eating disorder, regardless of age, gender, or background. Eating disorders are complex conditions that can affect anyone, and it is important to be aware of the risk factors and to seek help if you or someone you know is displaying symptoms of an eating disorder.