Because of the stigmas and misinformation revolving around eating disorders, they remain relatively under-addressed. Those who suffer from commonly misconceived disordered eating patterns such as compulsive binge eating, bulimia, and anorexia, will often suffer in silence until it is far too late, afraid of facing criticism, judgment, or discrimination. The same is true of those suffering from substance dependency – at least, the same was true until drug addiction became the focal point of headlines and political debates nationwide.
What with the recent increase in overdose-related deaths, addiction is now far more widely understood and accepted as a devastating and uncontrollable disease. Do the rates of fatality directly related to eating disorders need to escalate dramatically before the general population understands the implications of the psychological epidemic? We at Willow Place for Women believe that with a little circulated education, the stigmas revolving around these disorders can be successfully shed, and more women can receive the professional help and compassionate care they so desperately need to get and stay well.
Take a look at the following statistics, and please feel free to contact us for additional information. Educate yourself and help break the stigma!
Anorexia Nervosa Statistics
It has been estimated that nearly 5% of American women will suffer from some variation of restrictive eating disorder in their lifetimes – between 1 and 4.2% of all women will suffer from a severe case of anorexia nervosa. Anorexia has the highest fatality rate of any psychological disorder, including depression. It was recently estimated that upwards of 4% of individuals suffering from the disease will die from directly related complications. Despite the addiction and death rates, only one third of those suffering from severe cases of anorexia throughout the United States will obtain he professional, long-term treatment they so desperately need.
Bulimia Nervosa Statistics
Bulimia is one of the deadliest and most severely undertreated psychological disorders in the country. It is estimated that nearly 4% of all females throughout the United States will suffer from bulimia at one point or another, and of those women, 3.9% will lose their lives to the disease. Sadly, less than 6% of those suffering from this specific disorder will receive the treatment they so desperately need.
Binge Eating Disorder Statistics
While predominantly women suffer from anorexia and bulimia, up to 40% of those afflicted with binge eating disorder are male. It is estimated that 2.8% of all American adults with struggle with binge eating disorder, and that nearly 43% of those that struggle with BED will receive professional treatment. While BED is not necessarily as directly lethal as bulimia or anorexia, those who suffer from this specific disorder will likely develop health complications such as high blood pressure and heart problems as a result. 5.2% of those suffering from unspecified eating disorders, including binge eating disorder, will die as a direct result of such complications.
For more information on eating disorders, please feel free to contact us at Willow Place for Women today. Recent studies show that four out of ten individuals have either experienced an eating disorder personally, or have a loved one who has. 10 million females countrywide are currently suffering from some type of eating disorder. Get the help you need today – refuse to be another statistic.