Eating Disorder Facts & Statistics

Eating disorders may be more prevalent than you realize. The latest statistics indicate that more than 30 million people in the U.S. will suffer from an eating disorder; 10 million of those individuals are men. 

Here are other significant facts and statistics about eating disorders:

  • 13 percent of women over the age of 50 have symptoms of an eating disorder.

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

  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, with nearly 1 person dying every hour as a direct result of an eating disorder.

  • Sufferers aren’t always underweight; about 35 percent of binge eating disorder and 30 percent of bulimia patients are medically obese.

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

  • Over 70 percent of those who suffer with eating disorders will not seek treatment due to stigma, misconceptions, lack of education, diagnosis and lack of access to care.

Recovery is possible

The facts about eating disorders are sobering, but here’s the good news: statistics also show that up to 80 percent of patients who receive and complete eating disorder treatment will recover or improve significantly.

To learn more about your treatment options, please call us at 877-825-8584 to schedule a free confidential consultation with an Eating Recovery Center Masters-level clinician. We’re here to help you along the path to a full and lasting recovery.

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