Are eating disorders more common in men or in women?

Eating disorders are more common in women than in men. Women are 10 times more likely to have an eating disorder than men.

Eating disorders are more common in women than men. However, men account for approximately five to 15 percent of people with anorexia and bulimia. The percentage of men who have binge eating disorder is even higher - as many as 35 percent of all cases are in men or boys.

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