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TRUTH IN NUMBERS

  • Approximately 24 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder. 
  • At least every 62 minutes someone dies as a direct result from suffering from an eating disorder. 
  • Families do not cause eating disorders – they can be patients' best allies in treatment. 
  • 4 out of 10 Americans have either suffered or have known someone who has suffered from an eating disorder.
  • Eating disorders are not a choice. They are serious biologically-influenced mental illnesses.
  • 25% of anorexia and bulimia cases are male.
  • 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder.
  • Eating disorders KILL. They have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
  • Anorexia is the 3rd most common chronic illness in adolescents.
  • 1 in 200 American women suffers from anorexia.
  • The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with all causes of death for females 15-24 years old.
  • 64% of individuals with bulimia have a near-normal body weight.
  • Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States.
  • 40% of individuals seeking treatment for binge eating disorder are male.
  • 30% to 40% of those seeking weight loss treatments can be clinically diagnosed with binge eating disorder.
  • In medical school, most medical doctors receive little to no training on eating disorders.
  • Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment.
  • You can't tell by someone's size whether they have an eating disorder.
  • Treatment of an eating disorder in the US ranges from $500 per day to $2,000 per day.
  • Eating Disorders do not discriminate between age, sex, race, class, and sexual orientation.  No one is immune. 
  • Both genetic and environmental factors influence eating disorders.
  • With proper detection and treatment, complete recovery is possible.
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