Here are the facts about
- Almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for
- Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment. Only
35% of people that receive treatment for eating disorders get treatment at a
specialized facility for eating disorders.
- Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating
disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S.
- Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate
of any mental illness.
- 91% of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their
weight through dieting. 22% dieted "often" or "always."
- 86% report onset of eating disorder by age 20; 43% report onset between
ages of 16 and 20.
- Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents.
- 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and
- 25% of college-aged women engage in bingeing and purging as a
- The mortality rate associated with anorexia
nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with all causes of
death for females 15-24 years old.
- Women are much more likely than men to develop an eating disorder. Only
an estimated five to 15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are male.
- An estimated 0.5 to 3.7 percent of women suffer from anorexia nervosa in
- Research suggests that about 1 percent of female adolescents have
anorexia.15 * An estimated 1.1 to 4.2 percent of women have bulimia nervosa
in their lifetime.
- An estimated 2 to 5 percent of Americans experience binge-eating
disorder in a 6-month period.
- About 50 percent of people who have had anorexia develop bulimia or
- An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male.
- Men are less likely to seek treatment for eating disorders because of
the perception that they are "woman's diseases."
- Among gay men, nearly 14% appeared to suffer from bulimia and over 20%
appeared to be anorexic.
Media, Perception, and Dieting:
95% of all dieters will regain their lost weight within 5 years.
The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally
by only 5% of American females!
47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of
69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced
their idea of a perfect body shape.
42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner
81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat
Information Source: Eating Disorder Hope website.