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Eating Disorder Statistics
At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S.
Every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
13% of women over 50 engage in eating disorder behaviors.
In a large national study of college students, 3.5% sexual minority women and 2.1% of sexual minority men reported having an eating disorder.6
16% of transgender college students reported having an eating disorder.
In a study following active duty military personnel over time, 5.5% of women and 4% of men had an eating disorder at the beginning of the study, and within just a few years of continued service, 3.3% more women and 2.6% more men developed an eating disorder.
Eating disorders affect all races and ethnic groups.8
Genetics, environmental factors, and personality traits all combine to create risk for an eating disorder.
0.9% of American women suffer from anorexia in their lifetime.
1 in 5 anorexia deaths is by suicide.
Standardized Mortality Ratio (SMR) is a ratio between the observed number of deaths in an study population and the number of deaths would be expected.
50-80% of the risk for anorexia and bulimia is genetic.
33-50% of anorexia patients have a comorbid mood disorder, such as depression. Mood disorders are more common in the binge/purge subtype than in the restrictive subtype.
About half of anorexia patients have comorbid anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia.
1.5% of American women suffer from bulimia nervosa in their lifetime.
Nearly half of bulimia patients have a comorbid mood disorder.
More than half of bulimia patients have comorbid anxiety disorders.
Nearly 1 in 10 bulimia patients have a comorbid substance abuse disorder, usually alcohol use.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED):
2.8% of American adults suffer from binge eating disorder in their lifetime.
Approximately half of the risk for BED is genetic.
Nearly half of BED patients have a comorbid mood disorder.
More than half of BED patients have comorbid anxiety disorders.
Nearly 1 in 10 BED patients have a comorbid substance abuse disorder, usually alcohol use.
Binge eating or loss-of-control eating may be as high as 25% in post-bariatric patients.