Just How Prevalent Are Eating Disorders?

According to ANAD:

  • Eating disorders affect at least 9% of the population worldwide.
  • 9% of the U.S. population, or 28.8 million Americans, will have an eating disorder in their lifetime.
  • Less than 6% of people with eating disorders are medically diagnosed as “underweight.”
  • 28-74% of risk for eating disorders is through genetic heritability.
  • Eating disorders are among the deadliest mental illnesses, second only to opioid overdose.
  • 10,200 deaths each year are the direct result of an eating disorder—that’s one death every 52 minutes.
  • About 26% of people with eating disorders attempt suicide.
  • The economic cost of eating disorders is $64.7 billion every year.

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