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Eating Disorders Among Transgender and Gender Non-binary People


With growing visibility of diverse gender identities and communities, it is necessary for clinicians involved in eating disorder prevention, screening, and treatment to create affirming spaces for transgender and gender non-binary (T/GNB) patients and clients. Further underscoring this need, there is mounting evidence that T/GNB populations are at 2–4 times greater risk of experiencing eating disorder symptoms compared to their cisgender (i.e., non-transgender) counterparts. Although research on the risk and protective factors underlying these health inequities is growing, more epidemiologic and clinical research is urgently needed. This chapter synthesizes the current state of the science and provides recommendations for clinicians at all levels of familiarity with T/GNB populations, including clinicians who are just beginning to think about gender diversity in their practice as well as those who have expertise in this area and wish to identify next steps for their clinical care, research, and/or advocacy in the field.


  • Gender identity
  • Gender diversity
  • Gender affirmation
  • Sociocultural influences
  • Eating disorder
  • Stigma
  • Resilience
  • Transgender
  • Non-binary

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Gordon, A.R., Moore, L.B., Guss, C. (2021). Eating Disorders Among Transgender and Gender Non-binary People. In: Nagata, J.M., Brown, T.A., Murray, S.B., Lavender, J.M. (eds) Eating Disorders in Boys and Men. Springer, Cham.

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