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TREATMENT HIGHLIGHTS ANOREXIA NERVOSA A review of research on male anorexia nervosa contrasts it with female anorexia nervosa. An estimated 5-10% of reported cases of anorexia nervosa occur in males. However, the authors note that this is probably an underestimate due to underreporting and misdiagnosis of males. They suggest that the possibility of anorexia nervosa is typically not considered when clinicians are diagnosing male patients. Also, whereas amenorrhea is a hallmark feature used to diagnose anorexia nervosa in females, there is currently no comparable criterion for males. The authors cite research indicating that males with anorexia nervosa have a decline in testosterone levels, which results in decreased sexual desire and performance. Similar to females, males with eating disorders have been found to have feelings of interpersonal ineffectiveness and an inability to control their emotions. The authors also cite research indicating that, for those individuals who develop eating disorders, the reasons for dieting typically differ between men and women. The research suggests
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