Personality in men with eating disorders

D. Blake Woodside, Cynthia M. Bulik, Laura Thornton, Kelly L. Klump, Federica Tozzi, Manfred M. Fichter, Katherine A. Halmi, Allan S. Kaplan, Michael Strober, Bernie Devlin, Silviu Alin Bacanu, Kelly Ganjei, Scott Crow, James Mitchell, Alessandro Rotondo, Mauro Mauri, Giovanni Cassano, Pamela Keel, Wade H. Berrettini, Walter H. Kaye

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Objective This study compares personality variables of men with eating disorders to women with eating disorders. Method Data were obtained from an international study of the genetics of eating disorders. Forty-two male participants were age-band matched at 1:2 ratio to females from the same study. Personality features were compared between males and females controlling for diagnostic subgroup. Results Males with eating disorders appear to be slightly less at risk for perfectionism, harm avoidance, reward dependence, and cooperativeness than females. Few differences were found when diagnostic subgroup was considered. Conclusion Observed differences in personality variables may help explain the difference in incidence and prevalence of eating disorders in men and women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-278
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004


  • Eating disorders
  • Men
  • Personality


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