Accompanying mental health disorders
In both sexes, eating disorders are often accompanied by other mental health illnesses. Men with eating disorders may also suffer from comorbidities such as depression, drug or substance use, anxiety, and excessive exercising. They spend more time at the gym, have extreme eating habits, and may resort to using anabolic steroids.
In women, eating disorders may still suffer from other mood or mental illnesses, but at a lesser rate than men. In studies, young girls who dieted were more likely to develop an eating disorder. Girls are also likely to fast, do crash or fad diets, take diet pills, or use laxatives.
Symptoms and behaviors
Eating disorder differences in men and women also include how severely the disorders affect their health. Because the social and “ideal” standards are different for men and women, it makes sense that those with eating disorders have different triggers and goals.
Women experience more fluctuations in weight and size than men due to hormones, especially before or during menstruation. However, many girls and women tend to feel self-conscious because of this. Social media often pressures women to be flawless and have unrealistic proportions. Diets and weight-loss products typically target women, which only adds fuel to the fire. Females who seek medical help for eating disorders may be extremely thin and malnourished.