Eating Disorders affect roughly 10 million females and 1 million males in the United States. This statistic is likely skewed as it is more than likely that there are many out there who are too afraid or ashamed to admit that they are suffering with an eating disorder.
An eating disorder, like a heroin or cocaine addiction is a serious illness that needs professional help. The mortality rate of young females who struggle with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than any other cause of death.
Some alarming statistics regarding eating disorders are as followed:
- 33% of teenage boys and 55% of teenage girls practice unhealthy behaviors to control their weight.
- Females who regularly diet are 12 times more likely to binge.
- 35% of people who attempt to diet will have pathological eating patterns. Of the 35% who are regularly trying to diet 25% have an eating disorder.
- The average model is 5’11” and weighs 117 pounds. The average woman is 5’4” and weighs 140 pounds.
Only 1 out of every ten people who struggle with any type of eating disorder seeks professional help through treatment. Inpatient treatment and therapy are two courses of action someone with an eating disorder can take to help recover. The success rates for those who seek treatment are encouraging as over 60% will recover from their eating disorder.
Left untreated an eating disorder will undoubtedly lead to very serious health issues and are even capable of causing death.