Eating Disorder Information & Treatment
You may not realize it but eating disorders are classified as mental illnesses. While the stigma of depression and anxiety are lessening as people open up about their personal struggles, those with eating disorders continue to face misconceptions about their conditions. The likelihood of someone you know having an eating disorder is very high, given that nearly half of all Americans know someone who does. These conditions span all races, and affect a surprising number of men, as well as women. It’s important to know the facts, because eating disorders can be deadly and many people do not receive effective treatment.
- 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
- 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 $2,300 per day. The average cost for a month of inpatient treatment is $30,000 to $55,000. 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.
- 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 African-American female respondents, were at risk of an eating disorder
- Eating disorders are one of the most common psychological problems facing young women in Japan
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