As National Eating Disorder Week begins, 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-occurring underlying behavioral health disorders.
For those seeking help, Burrell's RecoverED Eating Disorder Services offers our area's only Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescent and adult eating disorders. Reach out to RecoverEDprogram@burrellcenter.com to enroll or for more information.
Stephanie Robbins, Outpatient Program Coordinator, 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 second 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.
Additional information can be found on the National Eating Disorder Association's website at https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/.
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