Eating disorders among men in the context of mental health and socio-cultural gender issues

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Dorota Mroczkowska
Beata Ziółkowska

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The paper undertakes the issues of epidemiology, conditions, and treatment of eating disorders in men, which are not widely recognised both in Polish and international research. The text is based on desk research analysis of research reports on eating disorders. Authors discuss the issue of eating disorders in the context of gender, indicating that the clinical picture of them (including the perception of one's own body, the ways and motives for striving for a perfect figure) is mainly related to the stereotypical roles and tasks that society and culture impose on men and women. The empirical material analysis allows us to assume that ED symptoms in men are more often (than in the case of women) related to (self) stigmatisation, diagnosis difficulty, coexistent dimorphic disorders, substance addictions, and more significant physical activity.ty.

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Dorota Mroczkowska, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

Dorota Mroczkowska, sociologist, psychologist, assistant professor of sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Her research interests focus on the sociology of everyday life, the sociology of leisure and sociology of emotions, quality of life and border areas. She was a head and a member of many research teams, and she was the author of many expert reports for companies both in Poland and abroad. She has published 3 monographs in the area of leisure studies and over 50 articles (including scientific and popular science).

Beata Ziółkowska, Kazimierz Wielki University

Beata Ziółkowska, psychologist, UKW Professor in Bydgoszcz. Author of scientific and popular science publications and a head of grants in the field of psychology of eating disorders and psychoprophylaxis of abnormal food and body behaviour. Her research interests focus on the psychocultural and social determinants of behaviour towards food and the body especially of young people.

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