Eating Disorder

Katie Beekman

  • In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life
  • Female adolescents and young women are most commonly detected with an eating disorder, but men can also be affected by eating disorders.
  • It is estimated that approximately one in every 100 Australian adolescent girls will develop anorexia nervosa, and approximately five in 100 Australians develop bulimia.
  • According to the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), BED is more common than anorexia nervosa (AN) or bulimia nervosa (BN).
  • BED occurs in 1 in 35 adults in the U.S. This translates in studies to 3-5% of women (about 5 million) and 2 % of men (3 million) who seek treatment.
  • The diagnosis of anorexia nervosa has become more common over the past 20 years.
  • Approximately 90 percent are women between 12 and 25 years of age.
  • Initially found mostly in upper- and middle-class families, anorexia nervosa is now known to affect both sexes and span all ages, socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial groups.

Health Consequences

  • Abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure, which mean that the heart muscle is changing. The risk for heart failure rises as the heart rate and blood pressure levels sink lower and lower.
  • Reduction of bone density (osteoporosis), which results in dry, brittle bones.
  • Muscle loss and weakness.
  • Severe dehydration, which can result in kidney failure.
  • Fainting, fatigue, and overall weakness.
  • Dry hair and skin; hair loss is common.

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

is the leading non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
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