Eating Disorders

By Sam Cardwell

Facts and Statistics

Eating disorders are a daily struggle for 10 million females and 1 million males in the United States.


Four out of ten individuals have either personally experienced an eating disorder or know someone who has.


Anorexia has the highest fatality rate of any mental illness.


Almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression


Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment. Only 35% of people that receive treatment for eating disorders get treatment at a specialized facility for eating disorders.


Up to 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S.


Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

Female and Male Eating Disorder Statistics

Female

  • .9% of women will struggle with anorexia in their lifetime
  • 1.5% of women will struggle with bulimia in their lifetime
  • 3.5% of women will struggle with binge eating

Male

  • .3% of men will struggle with anorexia
  • .5% of men will struggle with bulimia
  • 2% of men will struggle with binge eating disorder