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Sexual problems are not specific for eating disorders. The etiology is complex and no one single causal factor has been identified. However, clinical as well as epidemiological studies have shown that eating disorders occur more commonly in females than males. The evidence that eating disorders are more common in females over males has resulted in the consideration that socio-cultural factors may be important. Through this insight, gender role is being considered as a contributing factor. This information is vital when dealing when the sub population of gender nonconforming adolescents with ED and gender dysphoria. Clinical experience and research have shown the important role of sexual problems and traumas in the development of anorexia nervosa and bulimia in females over males. The purpose of the article’s case studies hinges around expanding their interdisciplinary discussion regarding the breadth of presentation and management considerations for gender nonconforming adolescents with disordered eating. An interdisciplinary approach to care might enhance access to comprehensive, collaborative treatment for disordered eating, and gender dysphoria in this unique population.
Prior studies suggest that treating gender dysphoria might lead to a decrease in associated ED behaviors in this population (Donaldson, Hall, Neukirch, Kasper, Simones, Gagnon, & Forcier, 2018).However, gaps remain in our understanding of the varied presentations of gender nonconforming adolescents with ED, potential risk/protective factors, comorbid characteristics, and best approaches to care. The purpose of the article was to identify emerging themes across disciplines in a series of five gender nonconforming adolescents with ED in hopes of advancing the understanding of this high‐risk group to better screen as well as identify and collaboratively manage similar young people at every available point of care.
The cases of ED in gender nonconforming adolescents imply that medical and psychiatric factors play dominant roles in dealing with ED as well as notable common features. Common features include an increased risk for self‐harm/suicide, complex psychiatric and medical implications of delay to treatment, the importance of partnership with interdisciplinary providers/patients/families to maximize care and facilitate healthy development. With the five cases, the architect used specific examples to expand understanding of how interdisciplinary teams might best approach care for this complex, emerging population. Finding imply that in the absence of timely and available gender dysphoria management,gender nonconforming youth may turn to maladaptive behaviors to change their bodies, or self‐harm the body that they perceive as a betrayal of their authentic gender.
Suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, and SIB are not uncommon among gender nonconforming or ED populations (Hollis, 2017). Even as gender nonconforming adolescents progress through gender‐affirming interventions, many will experience stigmatization that ignores, invalidates, or dismisses their identity, thereby contributing to the development/exacerbation of psychiatric comorbidities population (Donaldson, Hall, Neukirch, Kasper, Simones, Gagnon, & Forcier, 2018).
Partnering with an interdisciplinary team helps better articulate an appropriate treatment plan, including identification of a goal weight range and nutritional plan. Dietitians and medical providers must therefore be particularly collaborative in establishing weight/nutritional goals. Because adolescents’ longitudinal nutrition goals vary for a number of reasons, dietitians and medical providers must therefore be particularly collaborative in establishing weight/nutritional goals. In addition, providers might need to take creative approaches to treatment planning in this population; for example, consulting growth curves for both the patient’s natal and asserted gender to establish appropriate goal weight parameters.
This study highlights the inadequacies in ED treatments in addressing issues related to gender amongst diverse gender populations. It illuminates how identity is negotiated in the context of the lived experience of an ED is embodied. The study also provides evidence that gender plays a significant role in this embodiment. Therefore, the conscious or inadvertent ignoring or marginalizing of questions and issues related to gender in ED treatments has and will continue to have inevitable implications for the processes and extent by which people engage in ED treatments. Greater consideration and inclusion of gendered perspectives in ED identification and the transformation of ED treatments holds scope for more significant and meaningful positive outcomes for those with lived experience.