Eating Disorders

Kathryn Turner

What is an Eating Disorder?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary states that an eating disorder is, "any of several psychological disorders (as anorexia nervosa or bulimia) characterized by serious disturbances of eating behavior". The most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

Eating Disorder Statistics

  • 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment.
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
  • Almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression.
  • Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents.
  • 95% of those with an eating disorder are between the ages of 12 and 25.
  • An estimated 10-15% of those with Anorexia or Bulimia are male.
  • 20% of those with anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their disorder.
  • Of those with Bulimia, only 6% will find treatment.
  • 50% of teenage girls and 30% of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals and fasting.
  • Eating disorders are a daily struggle for 10 million females and 1 million males in the U.S.

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Supportive Website to Visit

The following link will take you to a website that can help you or others you know struggling with eating disorders. The link is: