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It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder – seven million women and one million men One in 200 American women suffers from anorexia Two to three in 100 American women suffers from bulimia Nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder (Note: One in five Americans suffers from mental illnesses.) An estimated 10 – 15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are males MORTALITY RATES
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness A study by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders reported that 5 – 10% of anorexics die within 10 years after contracting the disease; 18-20% of anorexics will be dead after 20 years and only 30 – 40% ever fully recover The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15 – 24 years old. 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems ACCESS TO TREATMENT
Only 1 in 10 people with eating disorders receive treatment About 80% of the girls/women who have accessed care for their eating disorders do not get the intensity of treatment they need to stay in recovery – they are often sent home weeks earlier than the recommended stay Treatment of an eating disorder in the US ranges from $500 per day to $2,000 per day. The average cost for a month of inpatient treatment is $30,000. It is estimated that individuals with eating disorders need anywhere from 3 – 6 months of inpatient care. Health insurance companies for several reasons do not typically cover the cost of treating eating disorders The cost of outpatient treatment, including therapy and medical monitoring, can extend to $100,000 or more ADOLESCENTS
Anorexia is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25 50% of girls between the ages of 11 and 13 see themselves as overweight 80% of 13-year-olds have attempted to lose weight RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES Rates of minorities with eating disorders are similar to those of white women 74% of American Indian girls reported dieting and purging with diet pills Essence magazine, in 1994, reported that 53.5% of their respondents, African-American females were at risk of an eating disorder Eating disorders are one of the most common psychological problems facing young women in Japan. CELEBRITIES WHO HAVE SUFFERED WITH EATING DISORDERS:
Paula Abdul Justine Batemen Karen Carpenter Nadia Comaneci Susan Dey Jane Fonda Tracey Gold Elton John Jamie Lynn-Sigler Cherry Boone O’Neill Barbara Niven Alexandra Paul Princess Di Lynn Redgrave Kathy Rigby Joan Rivers Jeannine Turner
Miscellaneous statistics From England: A 1998 survey done by Exeter University included 37,500 young women between twelve and fifteen. Over half (57.5%) listed appearance as the biggest concern in their lives. The same study indicated that 59% of the twelve and thirteen-year-old girls who suffered from low self-esteem were also dieting.
Dieting teens: More than half of teenaged girls are, or think they should be, on diets. They want to lose all or some of the forty pounds that females naturally gain between 8 and 14. About three percent of these teens go too far, becoming anorexic or bulimic.
Unrealistic expectations: Magazine pictures are electronically edited and airbrushed. Many entertainment celebrities are underweight, some anorexically so. How do we know what we should look like? It's hard. The table below compares average women in the U. S. with Barbie Doll and department store mannequins. It's not encouraging. (Health magazine, September 1997; and NEDIC, a Canadian eating disorders advocacy group)
Average woman Barbie Store mannequin
Height 5' 4" 6' 0" 6' 0"
Weight 145 lbs. 101 lbs Not available
Dress size 11 -14 4 6
Bust 36 - 37" 39" 34"
Waist 29 - 31" 19" 23"
Hips 40 - 42" 33" 34"
Determining accurate statistics is difficult Because physicians are not required to report eating disorders to a health agency, and because people with these problems tend to be secretive, denying that they even have a disorder, we have no way of knowing exactly how many people in this country are affected.
We can study small groups of people, determine how many of them are eating disordered, and then extrapolate to the general population. The numbers are usually given as percentages, and they are as close as we can get to an accurate estimate of the total number of people affected by eating disorders.
Now, that having been said, the journal Clinician Reviews [13(9]) 2003] estimates that each year about five million Americans are affected by an eating disorder, but there is disagreement. Theodore Weltzin, MD, medical director of the eating disorders program at Rogers Memorial Hospital, estimates that every year up to 10 million Americans are affected by eating disorders.
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