Primary Anorexia Nervosa or Weight Phobia in the Male: Report on 13 CasesBr Med J 1972; 1 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5796.334 (Published 05 February 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;1:334
- A. H. Crisp,
- D. A. Toms
The cases of 13 men with anorexia nervosa are reported. While the disorder as seen in the clinic is much less common in males than females this may not be a true reflection of the differential sex or overall prevalence rates. The disorder is found to have the same basic characteristics in the male as in the female: namely, a phobic avoidance of normal weight associated with elective carbohydrate starvation and emaciation. As in the female the mechanism appears to develop out of normal adolescent dieting behaviour and to arise as a means of avoiding overwhelming psychosocial maturational demands of adolescence. Premorbid and family features include a state of overnutrition and a high degree of family psychopathology reflected in high rates of parental psychiatric morbidity and marital difficulty.