Eating Disorder Facts

Approximately 24 million people in the U.S. struggle with an eating disorder.

Only 1 in 10 of these people will receive treatment.

Eating disorders do not discriminate: male and female, young and old, all economic classes and races are affected.

Nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder.

The body-type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of American females.

69% of girls age 10 to 18 confirm that photographs of models and celebrities in magazines inspired their desired body shape.

50% of insurance companies cover only hospital care for patients suffering eating disorders. Yet the American Psychiatric Association's guidelines for treatment recommend many levels of care from a multi-disciplinary team based on the severity of the illness.

 Scientists believe that genes may account for about 50-80% of a person’s susceptibility to developing an eating disorder; however, this doesn't mean that there is an “eating disorder gene.”

For Women ages 15 to 24, the mortality rate of anorexia is 12 times higher than any other cause of death.

At least every 62 minutes someone dies as a direct result from suffering an eating disorder.

Source: Eating Disorders Coalition

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