Marya Hornbatcher

Eating Disorders: Increasing Numbers

Approximately eight million Americans have an eating disorder; seven million women and one million men. One in two-hundred American women suffer from anorexia, whereas two to three American women in one-hundred suffer from bulimia. It is estimated that ten to fifteen percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are male.


This isn't commonly known, but eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Five to ten percent of anoretics die within ten years after obtaining the disease; eighteen to twenty percent of anorexics will be dead after 20 years, and only thirty to forty percent ever recover fully. The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is twelve times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for women from fifteen to twenty years old.

In Teens/Adolescents

This is shocking, but at least ninty-five percent of all people with anorexia are females between the ages of twelve and twenty-five. Fifty percent of all girls between eleven and thirteen see themselves as overweight; eighty percent of thirteen-year-olds have tried to lose weight or are stressed about their weight.

Symptoms and Warning Signs(Bulimia Nervosa)

The symptoms of bulimia nervosa are usually quite different than those of anorexia nervosa. The typical bulimic tends to binge on huge amounts of high-caloric food and/or purges her body of unwanted calories by self-induced vomiting and often by using laxatives. These binges may alternate with severe diets, resulting in dramatic, yet frequent, changes in weight. Teenagers may try to hide the signs of throwing up by running water while spending long periods of time in the bathroom. The purging of bulimia presents a serious threat to their physical health, including dehydration, hormonal imbalance, the depletion of important minerals, and damage to vital organs. This can also cause tearing or burning of the esophogus, and the destroyed organs can result in death.

Symtoms and Warning Signs(Anorexia Nervosa)

A teenager with anorexia nervosa is usually a perfectionist and a high achiever in school. Also, she most likely has low self-esteem, irrationally believing she is fat regardless of how thin or skinny she becomes. Desperately needing a feeling of dominance over her life, the teenager with anorexia experiences a feeling of control when she denys the typical hunger demands of her body. In a relentless pursuit to be thin, the girl may starves herself. This often reaches the point of serious damage to the body, and in a number of cases could lead to death.

Deanna Bushey

Wasted-Eating Disorders-Bulimia-Anorexia


Anorexia Nervosa- a psychological disorder caused by delusions that you are too overweight despite being extremly thin. Often includes starvation, deprivition, and wanting to know you have control over the body.

Bulimia Nervosa- Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent binge eating, followed by self-inflicted vomiting.

Binge- A period of time of indulging in a specific substance, often uncontrollably.

Purge- The act of self-inflicted vomiting, often following binge eating.

Laxatives- Pills or capsules that cause the person taking it to dispose of the waste sooner, often without digestion.