What are the racial predilections of anorexia nervosa?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Bettina E Bernstein, DO; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Anorexia nervosa is diagnosed more often in the white (>95%) adolescent (>75%) populations [44, 45] of the middle and upper socioeconomic classes, although it can be observed in either sex and in people of any race, age, or social stratum. A study of adults in the United States found that, after adjusting for income, lifetime rates of anorexia nervosa were lower for non-Hispanic black and Hispanic respondents than for white respondents. [46]  This disorder is probably underdiagnosed in black individuals and males because of a lower index of suspicion. [47, 48, 49]


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