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When Healthy Eating Becomes Unhealthy - Atypical Eating Disorder In A Male Patient

Lee Huei Yen

Abstract


Objective: This case report highlights a case of eating disorder in a male patient, traditionally a female-predominant illness, frequently missed in male patients for a variety of reasons. Method: We report a case of a young Chinese male with atypical symptoms of eating disorders, presenting with serious physical complications of malnutrition. Result: The case presented with the difficulties of diagnosing eating disorders in males and the potential complications of severe malnutrition. Conclusion: Clinicians need to be aware of the possibility of eating disorders in cases of medically unexplainable weight loss in males as they frequently present with atypical symptoms. ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, Vol.12(2), July - December 2011: XX XX.

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