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Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ+ Community

It's important to remember that anyone can experience an eating disorder. However, there are populations that are known to have higher risks of developing an eating disorder. One of these underrepresented populations is the LGBTQ+ community.


This could be for several reasons such as...

  • Higher level of stress

  • Fear of not being accepted by loved ones and peers

  • Discrimination and bullying

For transgender and non-binary folk or individuals who don't fit into traditional gender categories, all this stress can make it even harder to feel good about their bodies. This can really hurt their mental health. Some of these folks might even start hurting themselves or developing problems with food to try to cope with their feelings.


In addition, the media often shows only one type of person with eating disorders: young, thin, white women. This makes it harder for other people—like men, older folks, people of different races, LGBTQ+ folks, and people who aren't thin—to get help for their own eating problems because their experiences weren't recognized as easily.


Common Signs & Symptoms

  • Using nutrition to delay puberty

  • Rigid rules around eating

  • Isolation from social events, especially those involving food

  • Preoccupation with body size/appearance, and dressing in layers to cover body


Reach out if you think you and/or a loved one could benefit from talking with an eating disorder dietitian! We are LGBTQ+ friendly and welcome all!



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