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February 28, 2020

Eating Disorder Statistics - NEDA Week 2020

Every year, the National Eating Disorders Association hosts NEDA Week, a time where communities from all over the nation come together to spread awareness about eating disorders and to share inspirational stories of hope and recovery. We are proud to partner with NEDA and various other organizations to prove that eating disorders are in fact one of the most deadly illnesses and show the importance of proper treatment. 

At Eating Recovery Center, we are being proactive by breaking the stigma around eating disorders. Our goal is to not only offer best-in-class, quality treatment programs for those suffering but to educate professionals so they are equipped to make the right decisions when it comes to referring their patients to a higher level of care.
 
Here's a breakdown of the research and statistics around eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, binge eating, bulimia and other conditions: 


2.8 percent of American adults suffer from binge eating disorder in their lifetime. 

Source: Hudson, J. I., Hiripi, E., Pope, H. G., & Kessler, R. C. (2007). The prevalence and correlates of eating disorders in the national comorbidity survey replication. Biological Psychiatry, 61(3), 348–358.


13% of women over the age of 50 have eating disorder symptoms.

Source: Gagne, D. A., Von Holle, A., Brownley, K. A., Runfola, C. D., Hofmeier, S., Branch, K. E., & Bulik, C. M. (2012). Eating disorder symptoms and weight and shape concerns in a large web‐based convenience sample of women ages 50 and above: Results of the gender and body image (GABI) study. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 45(7), 832-844.


10 million men suffer from an eating disorder. 

Source: Hudson, J. I., Hiripi, E., Pope, H. G., & Kessler, R. C. (2007). The prevalence and correlates of eating disorders in the national comorbidity survey replication. Biological Psychiatry, 61(3), 348–358.


Over 70% of those who suffer with eating disorders will not seek treatment due to stigma. 

Source: National Eating Disorders Association.


Anorexia is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents, after asthma and obesity.

Source: Eating Disorders Coalition, Facts About Eating Disorders: What the Research Shows.


More than 30 million people in the U.S. will suffer from an eating disorder. 

Source: Hudson, J. I., Hiripi, E., Pope, H. G., & Kessler, R. C. (2007). The prevalence and correlates of eating disorders in the national comorbidity survey replication. Biological Psychiatry, 61(3), 348–358.


The rate of children under 12 being admitted to a hospital for eating disorders rose 119% in less than a decade. 

Source: Eating Disorders Coalition, Facts About Eating Disorders: What the Research Shows.


One in five anorexia deaths is by suicide.

Source: Arcelus, J., Mitchell, A. J., Wales, J., & Nielsen, S. (2011). Mortality rates in patients with anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders: a meta-analysis of 36 studies. Archives of General Psychiatry, 68(7), 724-731.


50-80% of the risk for anorexia is genetic. 

Source: Trace, S. E., Baker, J. H., Peñas-Lledó, E., & Bulik, C. M. (2013). The genetics of eating disorders. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 9, 589-620.


Anorexia is the most deadly illness, with a higher mortality rate than any other mental illness. 

Source: Eating Disorders Coalition, Facts About Eating Disorders: What the Research Shows.
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