Eating Disorder Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Collins, M.E. (1991). Body figure perceptions and preferences among pre-adolescent children
Date Verified: 7.7.2014
Eating disorders refer to a group of conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and mental health. Bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are the most common specific forms in the United Kingdom. Though primarily thought of as affecting females , eating disorders affect males as well. An estimated 10 – 15% of people with eating disorders are males. Although eating disorders are increasing all over the world among both men and women, there is evidence to suggest that it is women in the Western world who are at the highest risk of developing them and the degree of westernization increases the risk. Nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder.
Eating Disorder Statistics Data
Total number of Americans with an eating disorder 8 Million
Women with an eating disorder 7 Million
Men with an eating disorder 1 Million
Percent of women who suffer from anorexia 2%
Percent of women who suffer from bulimia 2.50%
Percent of American’s who personally know someone with an eating disorder 50%
Percent of people with anorexia or bulimia that are males 10-15 %
Eating Disorder Mortality Rates  
Percent of anorexics that die within 10 years after contracting the disease 5 – 10 %
Percent of anorexics that die within 20 years after contracting the disease 18 – 20 %
Percent of anorexics who will fully recover 30 – 40 %
Eating Disorder Treatment  
Percent of people with eating disorders that receive treatment 10%
Average cost of eating disorder treatment per day $1,250
Adolescent Eating Disorder Statistics  
Percent of those with eating disorders that are between the ages of 12 and 25 95%
Percent of girls between the ages of 11 and 13 who see themselves as overweight 50%
The following data was collected from 185 female students on a college campus
Percent who felt pressure to be a certain weight 58%
Percent who dieted for weight loss 83%
Percent of those surveyed who were of normal weight 36.50%
Dieting Perception Statistics  
Percent of 1st – 3rd grade girls who want to be thinner 42%
Percent of 10 year olds who are afraid of being fat 80%
Percent of all dieters who will regain their lost weight in 1-5 years 95%
Annual amount spent on dieting and diet-related products each year $40 Billion
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