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Who Gets Eating Disorders?


While women experience eating disorders considerably more  often than men, eating disorder stats show more and more men are being  diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder.

  • In their lifetime, an estimated 0.6% of the  adult population in the U.S. will suffer from anorexia, 1% from bulimia and  2.8% from binge eating disorder
  • One in 200 American women suffers from anorexia
  • Two to three in 100 American women suffers from  bulimia
  • An estimated 10%-15% of people with anorexia or  bulimia are males
  • By their first year of college, 4.5%-18% of  women and 0.4% of men have a history of bulimia
  • 35% of “normal dieters” progress to  pathological dieting. Of those, 20%-25% progress to partial or full-syndrome  eating disorders.
  • Eating disorders are seen in equal amounts across  races

Eating disorder statistics show women are much more likely than men  to develop an eating disorder. These numbers reflect  the lifetime likelihood of an eating disorder for women vs. men.

  • Women are three times as likely to experience  anorexia (0.9% of women vs. 0.3% of men)
  • Women are three times as likely to experience bulimia  (1.5% of women vs. 0.5% of men)
  • Women are 75% more likely to have a binge eating  disorder (3.5% of women vs. 2% of men)

Eating Disorder Stats Reveal Dangers of Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are mental illnesses with a shocking risk  of death. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Eating disorder statistics show that 5%-10% of anorexics die within 10  years of contracting the disease and 18%-20% of anorexics will be dead after 20  years.

Statistics on recovery from eating disorders are perhaps even more  frightening; one eating disorder statistic indicates only 30%-40% of anorexics  ever fully recovering. Here are more statistics:

  • Only 1 in 10 people with an eating disorder  receive treatment
  • The mortality rate among people with anorexia  has been estimated at 0.56% per year, or approximately 5.6% per decade
  • The death rate of anorexia is about 12 times  higher than the annual death rate due to all causes of death among females ages  15-24 in the general population
  • Without treatment, up to 20% of people with  serious eating disorders die. With treatment, the mortality rate falls to 2%-3%.

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Sources: Eating disorder statistics provided by the United States  National Institute on Mental Health, the South Carolina Department of Mental  Health and the Mirasol Eating Disorder Recovery Center.

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