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Facts & Statistics for OSFED & Other Eating Disorders

Below are facts and statistics about OSFED:

  • OSFED affects up to six percent of the population
  • The mortality rate is estimated to be 5.2 percent for unspecified eating disorders
  • Standardized Mortality Ratio (SMR) for OSFED is 1.92 (SMR is a ratio between the observed number of deaths in an study population and the number of deaths would be expected)1
  • Nearly half of OSFED patients have a comorbid mood disorder 2
  • 1 in 10 OSFED patients have a comorbid substance abuse disorder, usually alcohol use 2
  • Body dysmorphic disorder affects men and women almost equally, and approximately one percent of the U.S. population has BDD. (

ERC provides specialized care for OSFED

The facts and statistics about OSFED reinforce the importance that anyone suffering from one of these disordered behaviors receive care from a specially-trained treatment team. Please call us at 877-825-8584 to schedule a free, confidential consultation with an ERC Masters-level clinician who can help you understand your treatment options.


  1. 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.
  2. Ulfvebrand, S., Birgegard, A., Norring, C., Hogdahl, L., & von Hausswolff-Juhlin, Y. (2015). Psychiatric comorbidity in women and men with eating disorders results from a large clinical database. Psychiatry Research, 230(2), 294-299.
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