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Table 1 Participant Demographics

From: “It also taught me a lot about myself”: A qualitative exploration of how men understand eating disorder recovery

PseudonymAgeCountry of OriginEating DisorderMarital StatusOther psychiatric comorbiditiesDuration of illness
Stevie33USABulimia NervosaSingleDepression, Anxiety~  7 years
Paul25USABulimia NervosaSingleDepression, Anxiety5 years
Tom23USAAnorexia NervosaPartneredDepression, Anxiety5 years
Rony31USABulimia NervosaSingleDepression Alcohol Use11 years
AllenUnspecifiedUSAOrthorexiaaUnspecifiedAnxiety~  7 years
Jim20AustralasiaAnorexia NervosaSingleAnxiety4 years
Harry31AustralasiaAnorexia NervosaSingleUnspecifiedUnspecified
Mike20AustralasiaAnorexia NervosaPartneredAnxiety3 years
  1. aAllen did not wish to provide a DSM-5 diagnosis. He said it was “closest to Orthorexia … at best, this is disordered eating, coupled with a nasty anxiety disorder”. During the interview he discussed severe persistent eating disorder symptoms such as compulsive exercise, weight concern, body image concern, avoiding social eating, previous low weight, and restrictive dieting. These are all symptoms found in DSM-5 eating disorders, but he was also concerned about ‘clean eating’ and thereby chose ‘orthorexia’ as the diagnosis. For example, he had had therapy but whilst helpful, it focussed on body image and he would have preferred it to extend to have a “good relationship with food” which he “regarded as paramount”.