EATING DISORDER FACTS

GENERAL EATING DISORDER FACTS:

30 million people, if not more, in the U.S. struggle with some form of an eating disorder
23 people die a day from the health consequences of an eating disorder
Eating disorders, specifically anorexia, have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
Eating disorders do not discriminate. They affect all races and ethnic groups.
30-50% of people suffering from an eating disorder also struggle with a mood disorder, such as depression
Over 50% of teenage girls and 33% of teenage boys skip meals, fast, vomit, and take laxatives to lose weight
46% of 9-11 year olds are on diets
13% of athletes have eating disorders

ANOREXIA FACTS:

1-4.2% of women have suffered from anorexia at one point in their life
.3% of men will suffer from anorexia
An estimated 4% of people suffering from anorexia die from complications
Only 1/3 of people suffering from anorexia will seek treatment for the disorder
50% of anorexia patients have anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia.

BULIMIA FACTS:

4% of women in the U.S. will struggle with bulimia in their lifetime
.5% of men will suffer from bulimia
1 out of 10 bulimia patients also suffer from substance abuse, usually alcohol
9% of bulimic individuals will die
Only 6% of people struggling with bulimia will seek treatment
25% of college aged women binge and purge for weight management

BINGE EATING DISORDER FACTS:

3% of the people in the U.S. will struggle with binge eating disorder and 43% of them will seek treatment
2% of men will suffer from binge eating disorder
1 out of 10 binge eating disorder patients also suffer from substance abuse, usually alcohol