What is an eating disorder?
Eating disorders are illnesses distinguished by irregular eating habits and severe obsession with body weight and shape. The most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder, all of which affect both males and females. Eating disorders usually occur during teen and young adult years. These conditions are treatable, but can be deadly if the symptoms are not taken care of quickly enough. Eating disorders often coexist with other conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression, and substance abuse.
- 1%-4.2% of women have suffered from anorexia.
- Anorexia has the highest facility rate over any other mental illness.
- Eating disorders are daily struggles for 10 million females and 1 million males in America.
- 2.7% of teens 13-18 years old struggle with an eating disorder.
- 50% of teen girls and 30% of teen boys have unhealthy eating habits such as skipping meals, vomiting, or taking laxatives to control their weight.
- 4 out of 10 people have had an eating disorder or know someone who has.
- 42% of female athletes taking part in aesthetic sports have eating disordered behaviors.
- in 1-5 years, 95% of all dieters gain their lost weight back.
- 3.5% of women struggle with the binge eating disorder.
- Of those experiencing bulimia, only 6% receive treatment.