Eating Disorders

Lydia Campbell, Ms. Brosse, Block 4

Statistics and Facts

- Women are much more likely than men to develop an eating disorder. Only an estimated 5 to 15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are male.14
- An estimated 0.5 to 3.7 percent of women suffer from anorexia nervosa in their lifetime.14

- Research suggests that about 1 percent of female adolescents have anorexia.15
- An estimated 1.1 to 4.2 percent of women have bulimia nervosa in their lifetime.14
- An estimated 2 to 5 percent of Americans experience binge-eating disorder in a 6-month period.14
- About 50 percent of people who have had anorexia develop bulimia or bulimic patterns.15

Statistics and Facts

- 91% of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. 22% dieted “often” or “always.”5
- 86% report onset of eating disorder by age 20; 43% report onset between ages of 16 and 20.6
- Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents.7
- 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.8
- 25% of college-aged women engage in bingeing and purging as a weight-management technique.3
- The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with all causes of death for females 15-24 years old.4