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EATING DISORDER STATISTICS
(Resource: www.state.sc.us/dmh/anorexia/statistics.htm)

Prevalence

  • It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder
    • 7 million women
    • 1 million men
  • 1 in 200 American women suffers from anorexia
  • 2-3 in 100 American women suffers from bulimia
  • Nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder¬†(Note: 1 in 5 Americans suffers from mental illnesses.)
  • An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are males

Mortality Rates

  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of ANY mental illness
  • A study by the National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders reported that 5-10% of anorexics die within 10 years and only 30-40% ever fully recover
  • The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15-24 years old
  • 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complication related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems

Adolescents

  • Anorexia is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents
  • 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25
  • 50% of girls between the ages of 11 and 13¬†see themselves as overweight
  • 80% of 13-year-olds have attempted to lose weight