Posted by: cindy | July 3, 2008

Eating Disorder Statistics: A huge epidemic

Nine million Americans suffer from eating disorders. Several hundred persons die each year with eating disorders listed as the primary cause of death.

  • 1.3 million women with Anorexia Nervosa
  • 450,000 men with Anorexia Nervosa
  • 2,250,000 women with Bulimia Nervosa
  • 750,000 men with Bulimia Nervosa
  • 5,250,000 women with Binge Eating Disorder
  • 3,000,000 men with Binge Eating Disorder

Approximately 9,000,000 Americans with an Eating Disorder (some people experience more than one eating disorder at a time).

Scientifically speaking………………..

  • Lifetime prevalence of individual eating disorders is 0.6-4.5%
  • Lifetime prevalence of Anorexia Nervosa is .9% in women, .3% in men
  • Lifetime prevalence of Bulimia Nervosa is 1.5% in women, .5% in men
  • Lifetime prevalence of Binge Eating disorder is 3.5% in women, 2.0% in men

Did you know?

Eating disorders frequently impair the sufferer’s home, work, personal, and social life.

Binge eating is more common than anorexia or bulimia and is commonly associated with severe obesity.

Eating disorders display substantial comorbidity with other mental health disorders.

While eating disorders often coexist with other mental health disorders, eating disorders often go undiagnosed and untreated.  A low number of sufferers obtain treatment for the eating disorder.


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