Anorexia Statistics

statistics and factsWe are now living in a culture that teaches our children to be so concerned with their weight that 40 percent of nine-year-old girls in this country have been on a diet. Even more frightening is that by the time they reach 13 years old more than 80 percent have dieted, and more than half of American girls believe they are too fat as they enter the emotionally fragile teenage years. Unfortunately, these statistics on young girls’ beliefs about their body image are a recipe for disaster and lead to the ever-increasing number of people diagnosed with anorexia and other eating disorders each year.

Anorexia is not a disorder exclusive to young girls. Although girls in their teenage years are overwhelmingly the majority of new cases, about 10 percent of those struggling with anorexia are male. The average age for anorexia diagnosis is 17 years old and the vast majority of older persons dealing with the disorder were almost always originally diagnosed in their teens or early 20s. Alarmingly, the incidence of anorexia in eight- to 11-year-old children is now reported to be on the rise. Currently about one percent of the female population, ranging in age from 12 through 18, is anorexic and approximately 1,000 women die each year of the disease – although new research shows this statistic to be a low estimate since nearly 3,000 death certificates in a given year will mention anorexia as one of multiple causes of death.

The statistics for those individuals with anorexia that do not seek treatment are by far the most startling – 20 percent of these people will die. This statistic drops significantly down to two to three percent once anorexia rehabilitation has been utilized. With the help of trained professionals at anorexia treatment centers, nearly two-thirds of those with the disorder make a full recovery. A little more than a third of individuals partially recover, and about half of those who partially recover are able to return to work and have a few relationships but stay focused on food and their weight, while the other half remain dangerously thin.

Physical and Behavioral Warning Signs

There are some warning signs of anorexia that most people are familiar with when it comes to identifying someone with the behaviors associated with anorexia; these include extreme weight loss, underweight for an extended period of time, refusal to eat, excessive exercise and preoccupation with weight and/or food intake. However, some of the following behaviors and symptoms might not be as overt to friends or loved ones unfamiliar with the signals of anorexia:

  • Thinning hair that breaks easily
  • Change in social habits
  • Finds excuses not to eat around other people
  • Irritable
  • Peach fuzz that covers the body
  • No longer menstruates or never started
  • Problems sleeping
  • Eating rituals (i.e., pushing food around the plate, chewing food and spitting it out or cutting food into excessively small pieces)
  • Frequently tired
  • Fingers have a blue color to them
  • Brittle nails
  • Gets cold when other people are fine
  • Develops heart arrhythmias
  • Skin excessively dry
  • Develops osteoporosis
  • Extremities are swollen with no recent history of trauma

Overcoming the Anorexic Behavior Statistics

Only 10 percent of individuals with an eating disorder seek treatment; most often these individuals end up in anorexia rehab centers due only to the insistence of those who care about them.

In most cases, those with anorexia do not believe they have a problem. They need those around them to recognize the behavioral and physical signs listed above in order for them to take the first steps towards anorexia treatment.

The statistics for those battling the distorted body images caused by anorexia are bleak without treatment. The disease takes the lives of one-fifth of those who do not seek help to break themselves of the life-threatening behaviors imposed by anorexia. However, with anorexia treatment those statistics drop dramatically.

Don’t allow someone you care for to continue down a lethal path when there is assistance available. Help is just a phone call away. Call us today; we can provide an extensive list of anorexia treatment centers around the United States that can assist you or a loved one in conquering these anorexia statistics.

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