Things to Know About Eating Disorders:

  • 30 million Americans suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their life. This number consists of 20 million women and 10 million men.
  • Eating disorders do not have a specific “look” – many individuals with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.
  • Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
  • Only 1 in 10 women and men with eating disorders receive proper treatment.
  • Nearly half of all Americans know someone affected by an eating disorder.
  • In the most basic form, eating disorders are defined by “any of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits.”
  • Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males.
  • Eating disorders are real, complex and devastating conditions that can have serious long-term health consequences when left untreated.
  • Eating disorders are not a fad, phase or choice.
  • All socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural groups are at risk of developing an eating disorder.
  • Compared to other significant illnesses, there is very little national funding available for eating disorders.
  • To effectively treat an eating disorder, the recommended treatment team consists of a Physician, Psychologist/Psychotherapist and Dietitian/Nutritionist.
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