Bisexual Women Have High Rates of Eating Disorders
the Psychiatry Advisor take:
Bisexual women or women who are unsure about their sexual orientation are more likely to develop an eating disorder compared to peers who are attracted to one sex.
Annie Shearer, BA, of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University, and colleagues, also found that women who are attracted to other woman are no more likely to experience eating disorder symptoms than women who with opposite-sex attraction. However, homosexual and bisexual men had higher rates of eating disorders than straight men.
Researchers administered a web-based behavioral health screen to more than 2,000 people, ages 11-24, during a primary care visit. Questions asked included: How often do you think that you are fat even though some people say that you are skinny? How often do you try to control your weight by making yourself throw up?
Females who were unsure of their sexual attraction had the highest eating symptoms disorders score, the researchers reported in the journal Eating Behaviors.
“Given the severe physical and emotional repercussions of eating disorders, these findings underscore the need for primary care physicians to ask about both sexuality and disordered eating symptoms during routine visits,” Shearer said in a statement.
Homosexual and bisexual men had higher rates of eating disorders than straight men.
Young women who are attracted to both sexes or who are unsure about who they are attracted to are more likely to develop an eating disorder than those attracted to only one sex, according to a new study from Drexel University.
However, the results of the study suggest that females attracted to the same-sex are no more likely to experience disordered eating symptoms than their peers with opposite-sex attractions. This finding is contrary to previous assumptions that same-sex attraction plays a protective role against eating pathology in females.
The study also found that males who were attracted to other males or both sexes had higher rates of eating disorders than males only attracted to the opposite sex, which is supported by previous research.
Sign Up for Free e-newsletters
Psychiatry Advisor Articles
- Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In
- Transference in the Age of #MeToo: What Counts as Harassment From a Patient?
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy Effective in Reducing Suicide Attempts, Self-Harm in Adolescents
- Influence of Psychostimulants on BMI and Height in Youth With ADHD
- Medication Adherence Predictors in Patients With Severe Psychiatric Disorders
- Court-Mandated Substance Abuse Treatment: Exploring the Ethics and Efficacy
- ADHD Treatments
- Esketamine Nasal Spray: A New Treatment Possibility for Treatment-Resistant Depression
- Pharmacogenetics in Psychiatry: Promising Developments and Potential Pitfalls
- Have You Experienced an Ethical Conundrum Regarding Involuntary Commitment of a Patient?
- Functional Restoration for Chronic Pain and Depression in the Elderly: Pharmacotherapy and Beyond
- Efficacy of Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics vs Oral Antipsychotics
- Older Age Associated With Worse Major Depressive Disorder Outcomes
- Preoperative Psychiatric Diagnoses Not Associated With Bariatric Surgery Outcomes
- Medical Clearance of Psych Patients in the ED: Consensus Recommendations