Who develops eating disorders? Do eating disorders affect certain types of people?
Eating disorders can affect anyone. People of all ages, genders, socioeconomic statuses, shapes and sizes, sexual orientations, races and ethnicities can experience an eating disorder.
Are eating disorders common?
Eating disorders are not rare occurrences. Over 30 million Americans experience a clinically significant eating disorder during their lifetime.
Are eating disorders deadly?
Eating disorders have the 2nd highest mortality rate of any mental illness, with nearly 1 person dying every hour as a direct result of their illness.
Are eating disorders more common in women?
Women tend to be more likely to develop eating disorders than men, but both sexes can develop them. 13% of women over the age of 50 have symptoms of an eating disorder.
Are comorbid mood disorders related to eating disorders?
30-50% of individuals with Anorexia Nervosa, nearly half of those with Bulimia Nervosa, and nearly half of those with Binge Eating Disorder have a comorbid mood disorder.
Do people get treatment for eating disorders?
Yes, some do. But only about one third of people who have an eating disorder ever receive treatment.