Eating Disorders

By: Carter Venable

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  • There are 3 main eating disorders: Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder.
  • An eating disorder is categorized as a mental illness where there is an unhealthy relationship with food.
  • Someone who suffers from an eating disorder often struggles with body image and disrupts their normal activities with unusual eating habits to alter their appearance.
  • At least 14 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder.
  • Nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder.
  • Anorexia Nervosa is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents
  • Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses;
  • between 10 and 20% die.
  • The number of children under the age of 12 admitted to the hospital for eating disorders rose 119% in less than a decade.
  • Eating disorders account for 4% of all childhood hospitalizations.
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