Symptoms of Anorexia
There are many symptoms for anorexia, some individuals may not experience all of they symptoms. The symptoms
include: Body weight that is inconsistent with age, build and height (usually 15% below normal weight).
Eating Disorder Statistics
* Statistics show that 1 in 5 women suffer from an eating disorder.
* 70 million individuals are affected by eating disorders worldwide, with 24 million being
* 10 to 15 percent are male.
* 90 percent of women with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.
* Currently approximately 11 percent of high school students have been diagnosed with an eating
* 15 percent of young women in the US who are not diagnosed with an eating disorder exhibit
substantially disordered eating behavior and attitude.
* Approximately 50 percent of anorexics will develop bulimia or bulimic behaviors.
* 31 percent of teenage girls in the US and 28 percent of teenage boys in the US are overweight.
* 15 percent of US teenage girls and almost 14 percent of US teenage boys are obese.
* It is estimated that 1 percent of women in the US have binge eating disorder.
* Approximately 60 percent of those with an eating disorder that seek treatment will recover.
Without treatment up to 20% of those with serious eating disorders
At least 50,000 individuals will die as the result of an eating disorder.
Anorexia is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents.
95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.
50% of girls between the ages of 11 and 13 see themselves as overweight.
80% of 13-year-olds have attempted to lose weight.
RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES
Rates of minorities with eating disorders are similar to those of white women.
74% of American Indian girls reported dieting and purging with diet pills.
Essence magazine, in 1994, reported that 53.5% of their respondents, African-American females were at risk of an
Eating disorders are one of the most common psychological problems facing young women in Japan.
ACCESS TO TREATMENT
Only 1 in 10 people with eating disorders receive treatment.
About 80% of the girls/women who have accessed care for their eating disorders do not get the intensity of treatment
they need to stay in recovery and they are often sent home weeks earlier than the recommended stay.
Treatment of an eating disorder in the US ranges from $500 per day to $2,000 per day. The average cost for a month of
inpatient treatment is $30,000. It is estimated that individuals with eating disorders need anywhere from 3 to 6 months
of inpatient care. Health insurance companies for several reasons do not typically cover the cost of treating eating
disorders but some will.
The cost of outpatient treatment, including therapy and medical monitoring, can extend to $100,000 or more.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
A study by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders reported that 5 to 10% of anorexics
die within 10 years after contracting the disease.
18 to 20% of anorexics will be dead after 20 years and only 30 to 40%
ever fully recover.
The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for
females 15 to 24 years old.
20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder,
including suicide and heart problems.
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