Eating Disorder Information

Girl with Cat, by Jennifer Mathiason

  • 11 million people have eating disorders in the United States
  • 20% of people suffering from anorexia will die prematurely from complications related to their eating disorder
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
  • 11% of high school students have been diagnosed with an eating disorder
  • Only 6% of people with bulimia receive mental health care
  • 4% of college-aged women have bulimia
  • 8% of women over the age of 50 are engaging in unhealthy weight control methods such as purging and the use of laxatives
  • 25 million people struggle with binge eating disorder
  • Only 1 in 10 people with an eating disorder receive treatment
  • 40% of new anorexia cases are girls 15 – 19 years old
  • Death rate is 12 times higher than all other causes of death for females 15 – 24 years old
  • Nearly half of all Americans know someone with an eating disorder
  • Anorexia is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents
  • 10-15% of people with anorexia are males
  • High school and college wrestlers are 7-10 times more likely to develop bulimia nervosa than the average male
  • Treatment can cost $1500 to $2000 per day - with initial inpatient treatment of more than $50,000
  • The cost of outpatient treatment, including therapy and medical monitoring, can extend to $100,000
  • Governor Patterson of NY has eliminated the $1.7M budget for Eating Disorder Comprehensive Care Centers