While eating disorders can occur in people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic groups, there are certain groups at higher risk. A 2015 study revealed that transgender youth are more likely to develop an eating disorder than their cisgender peers.
The study from the Journal of Adolescent Health surveyed nearly 300,000 college students and found that trans youth were more likely to report an eating disorder diagnosis. They were also more likely to report vomiting or using diet pills or laxatives within the past month — all common purging behaviors associated with bulimia and anorexia. These behaviors are also common in people diagnosed with OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders), a lesser known eating disorder that is nonetheless just as damaging as bulimia, anorexia, or binge eating disorder.