Did you know the risk of developing eating disorders is higher in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community? For instance, only 3% of American men identify as being gay or bisexual, but 42% of American men with eating disorders identify as gay or bisexual. Another study shows approximately 16% of transgender college students report having an eating disorder.
Until recently, there’s been a lack of specialized resources for this unique population – not only around accessing the best treatment, but also addressing any underlying co-occurring psychological or environmental or conditions rooted in the disorder.
In the video below, Walden clinicians discuss this topic, including:
Why are eating disorders so common in the LGBTQ community?
Why are eating disorders so common within the population?
What does dedicated treatment to the LGBTQ community entail?
What are some new resources providing support for those in need?
For more information about eating disorders & the LGBTQ community, click here.