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Eating Disorder Statistics

  • EDs are the number one most fatal mental illness—the mortality rate is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with ALL causes of death for girls and young women age 15-24.
  • Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness for teens, many people will suffer for 5-10 years with an ED
  • The rate of suicide has been estimated to be 32x higher for teenagers and young women with anorexia nervosa than in the general population, which speaks to the hopelessness that often accompanies eating disorders
  • Nearly half of all Americans know someone who has an ED
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED), the most common eating disorder (ED), has only recently been recognized as an official diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association—this is one of the reasons for the huge influx of commercials and public awareness campaigns about BED and why now is a great time to address the issue of EDs with a book of recovery stories
  • In the United States, 20 million girls and women and 10 million boys and men suffer from a clinically significant ED at some time in their life (Wade, Keski-Rahkonen, & Hudson, 2011)  *prevalence rate comparison: 30 million Americans with ED; 6 million Americans with Alzheimer’s
  • The prevalence of EDs is similar among Non-Hispanic Whites, Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asians in the United States, with the exception that anorexia nervosa, which is more common among Non-Hispanic Whites (Hudson et al., 2007; Wade et al., 2011)


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Funding for EDs compared to other illnesses:

         Illness                                        Prevalence             NIH Research Funds (2011)
Alzheimer’s Disease                         < 6 million                     $450,000,000
Autism                                               < 4 million                     $160,000,000
Schizophrenia                                   < 4 million                     $276,000,000
Eating disorders                                30 million                       $28,000,000

Prevalence of Eating Disorder Statistics

According to a 2002 survey, 1.5% of Canadian women aged 15 – 24 years had an eating disorder.
Government of Canada. (2006).
-The Human Face of Mental Health and Mental Illness in Canada 2006.


The prevalence of eating disorder statistics for anorexia and bulimia is estimated to be 0.3% and 1.0% among adolescent and young women respectively. Prevalence rates of anorexia and bulimia appear to increase during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood.
-Hoek, H. W. (2007). Incidence, prevalence and mortality of anorexia and other eating disorders statistics. Current Opinion in Psychiatry 19(4), 389-394.


- Lifetime prevalence rates for AN, BN, and BED tend to be higher among women than in men.
- Lifetime prevalence of AN = 0.9% in women and 0.3% in men
- Lifetime prevalence of BN = 1.5% in women and 0.5% in men
- Lifetime prevalence of BED found to be 3.5% in women and 2.0% in men
The average lifetime duration of BN is found to be approximately 8.3 years.
-Hudson, J. I., Hiripi, E., Pope, H. G. & Kessler, R. C. (2007). The Prevalence and Correlates of Eating Disorder statistics in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Biological Psychiatry, 61(3), 348-358.


AN has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness – it is estimated that 10% of individuals with AN will die within 10 years of the onset of the disorder.
-Sullivan, P. (2002). Course and outcome of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. In Fairburn, C. G. & Brownell, K. D. (Eds.). Eating Disorders and Obesity (pp. 226-232). New Jersey, New Jersey: Guilford.

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What are some types of eating disorders that Discovery specializes in treating?

Center For Discovery recovery treatment centers specialize in treating a variety of eating disorders and customizes treatment to the individual. Our Woodland Hills, CA eating disorder treatment center provides treatment for the following eating disorders: 

  • Anorexia Nervosa

  • Bulimia Nervosa

  • Binge Eating Disorder

  • Orthorexia Nervosa

  • Compulsive Overeating

  • Selective Eating Disorder (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) 

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Our Woodland Hills, CA - Center For Discovery Outpatient Treatment Center specializes in treating Eating Disorders with customized treatment for the individual to get  well on the way to his/her eating disorder recovery.

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