National Eating Disorders Association

The myriad of unique struggles related to sexuality and gender expression, such as coming out and harassment in schools or the workplace, can impact experiences of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma and developing unhealthy coping mechanisms such as substance abuse - all of which are common co-occurring conditions or contributing factors in the development of an eating disorder.

Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community

Sexuality and gender identity can impact contributing factors to an eating disorder, as well as access culturally competent care. Learn more.

Finding Me: Looking Past the Surface to Discover My Transgender Identity

For Ryan, who was born female, the attempt to eliminate female features of his body through weight loss developed into anorexia nervosa. Getting treatment for an eating disorder meant dealing with his gender identity to accept, respect and love himself. Learn more.

Eating Disorders and Body Image: What do Gender and Sexuality Have to Do with It?

LGBTQ people my experience unique contributing factors in the development of an eating disorder, such as trauma in the form of gay-bashing or harassment, losing social support andrejection from family, and extreme anxiety or depression associated with their sexuality or gender expression. Learn more.