Cross-cultural considerations in latin american boys and men

Emilio J. Compte, Eva Trujillo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


Men in Latin America have been an understudied population in the eating disorder (ED) field; however, over the last decades, an increasing interest has led to a better recognition and understanding of this population. Studies across Latin America have identified disordered eating behaviors in between 0.4% and 6.6% of adolescent boys and young adult men. Also, two-stage epidemiological studies have identified an ED prevalence of 1.9-2.9%, with all cases classified as eating disorders not otherwise specified. In addition, weightlifters and athletes have been the most studied population across men in Latin American countries. Importantly, a broad variety of ED, muscle dysmorphia (MD), and male body dissatisfaction measures have been developed and/or validated across Latin American populations. However, cross-cultural evidence and studies in male clinical populations are still limited. Overall findings suggest that features of ED among Latin American men are similar to those observed in developed countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEating Disorders in Boys and Men
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783030671273
ISBN (Print)9783030671266
StatePublished - 12 Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Body image
  • Eating disorders
  • Latin America
  • Latin American men
  • Male body image
  • Male eating disorders
  • Muscle dysmorphia
  • Muscularity-oriented disordered eating


Dive into the research topics of 'Cross-cultural considerations in latin american boys and men'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this