Eating Disorders are more common in women, but they do occur in men. Rates of Binge Eating Disorder are similar in females and males.
Athletes in certain sports are at particularly high risk for Eating Disorders. Female gymnasts, ice skaters, dancers, and swimmers, to name a few, have been found to have higher rates of Eating Disorders. In a study of Division 1 NCAA athletes, over one-third of female athletes reported attitudes and symptoms placing them at risk for Anorexia Nervosa.
Male athletes are also at increased risk – especially those in sports such as wrestling, bodybuilding, crew, running, cycling, climbing, and football.
Although white females may be more likely to suffer from Anorexia Nervosa, African-American girls may be especially vulnerable to developing Eating Disorders that involve binge eating. Body dissatisfaction in young girls has been shown in White, African-American, Hispanic, and Asian girls.