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Eating Disorder Statistics show the Young, Old, and Everyone in Between

Eating Disorder Statistics show the Young, Old, and Everyone in BetweenEating disorder statistics show the impact and long-lasting effects eating disorders(ED) have on people, specifically children and young adults.

Statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health(NIH), the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders(ANAD), the American Psychological Association(APA), and the National Eating Disorders Association(NEDA), communicates a range of information. Additionally, the Huffington Post clarifies misconceptions that eating disorders only affect females by showing an increased rate of boys and young men developing anorexia and bulimia.

The data is gathered through studies on a sample of men and women for a number of years. The statistics show treatment rates, mortality rates, and relapse rates.

Current Data on Eating Disorders

  • 20 million women and 10 million men have been diagnosed with eating disorders sometime during their life in the United States
  • By age 6, girls begin worrying about weight, and 40-60% of elementary school girls(ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming fat
  • Almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet standards for depression
  • Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment
  • Lifetime treatment is 33.8% for anorexia nervosa, 43.6% for binge-eating disorder, and 43.2% for bulimia nervosa
  • Mortality rates for anorexia nervosa is 4.0%, 3.9% for bulimia nervosa and 5.2% for non-specified eating disorders

People with eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

Those suffering from anorexia nervosa have an increased mortality rate six times higher than the general population. The main causes of death include starvation, substance abuse, and suicide. Additionally, people who have bulimia have the highest suicide rate. Our drug rehab near Reno have additional resources that can help.

Recovery rates for anorexia show that 44%-76% of people improve within 57-59 months. There is less long term data for bulimia because 30%-50% of patients relapse within six months, therefore there is very little long term data on recovering bulimics.

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February 24th 2014 | By: The Recovery Village | Posted In: Co-occurring Disorders