• 22Feb

    EATING DISORDERS FACT SHEET

    Underlying the spread of eating disorders in our culture are powerful pressures on the individual to be thin.

    Compulsive overeating, bulimia, and anorexia nervosa comprise the three most common eating disorders.

    Eating disorders are often an attempt, when established as a chronic pattern, to alleviate loneliness, anxiety, and anger.

    Studies show 75% of teenage girls are extremely concerned about being overweight when in fact 25% actually are.

    Studies show that approximately 40% of 10 year olds are on a diet.

    Obese persons in the U.S. are subject to intense prejudice and discrimination that begins in childhood and continues throughout their lives,

    Rigid dieting is the most common precipitating factor to the onset of bulimia.

    The average of onset of bulimia is 18 years of age but may start as early as age 12.

    Because of professional requirements to maintain an unhealthy low weight, persons in certain professions such as athletes, dancers, models, flight attendants, and others are a higher risk for bulimia.

    Data on female bulimics range from an incidence between 3% to 16%. When practiced as a fad among a group, it can be higher.

    Male incidence rates are between 1% and 4%.

    Anorexics have the tenacious willpower and self centered determination to starve themselves to death-literally. Studies show a mortality rate of 19%.

    Anorexia usually strikes in early adolescent and adulthood between the ages of 12 and 25. Victims are frequently high achievers and perfectionists.

    Written by Cynthia Hutchins, MS, LPC, Eating Disorder Specialist
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