Who's Affected by Eating Disorders?

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Self
  • Peers

As many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia.  Millions more are struggling with binge eating disorder.  Due to the secretiveness and shame associated with eating disorders, many cases are probably not reported.

*80% of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance
*40% of newly identified cases of anorexia are in girls 15-19 years old
*95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 26
*Only 33% of people with anorexia and 6% of people with bulimia receive mental health care
*Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
*20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems