Transgender people are at a significantly higher risk of having an eating disorder than their cisgender counterparts, according to a new study from researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Think Progress reports.

Using data from the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment II, a national survey of the health of college students, the study provides some of the first insights into how eating disorders impact the transgender community. Previous research has shown that gay and bi men have a significantly higher risk of eating disorders, rivaling even the rates for heterosexual women, but there has not been sufficient evidence available to draw conclusions about the transgender community, Think Progress reports.

The new study confirms that trans people face an even more alarming rate of eating disorders than even gay and bi men. About 16 percent of trans respondents reported that they had been diagnosed with an eating disorder in the past year. The next highest rate was among cisgender men who were unsure of their sexuality, who reported rates at 3.66 percent. The lowest rate was among straight cis men — about half a percent, the article notes.

One possible explanation for the findings is the impact of minority stress, the discrimination, violence, and stigma transgender people experience, researchers said according to Think Progress.

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