Eating Disorders Facts & Statistics

The facts and statistics suggest that eating disorders may be more prevalent than you realize. In fact, the latest statistics indicate that more than 30 million people in the U.S. will suffer from an eating disorder, with 10 million of those being men. 

Following are other facts and statistics about eating disorders:

  •  13% of women over the age of 50 have symptoms of an eating disorder.
  • Children under 12 admitted to the hospital for eating disorders rose 119% 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 their eating disorder.

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

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

  • Over 70% of sufferers 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% 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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