As National Eating Disorder Week draws to a close, Burrell Behavioral Health would like to share a few statistics and provide a resource for those struggling with body image and eating-related illness, as well as co-occuring underlying behavioral health disorders.
For those in seek of help, Burrell provider Stephanie Robbins will soon be leading a group therapy session for teens with disordered eating and body image. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-761-5824 to enroll or for more information.
Additional information can be found on the National Eating Disorder Association's website at https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/.
Stephanie Robbins also provided the following statistics to help illustrate the need for education and understanding surrounding this complicated and deadly issue:
Did you know:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2.8% of American adults suffer from binge eating disorder in their lifetime.
- Nearly half of BED (Binge Eating Disorder) 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.
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