Thursday, June 4, 2009

Interesting Eating Disorder Statistics

This pictures was taken at my brother's wedding twelve years ago this month. I weighed 85 pounds in the hospital and gained around 25-30 pound when this picture was taken.
I found some fascinating statistics concerning eating disorders and body image. I would like to share a few of them with you.

*8 million people with eating disorders in the US and 1 million of them are boys.
*80% of women are unhappy with their appearance.

* Half of all Americans know of a family member or personal friend who has an eating disorder.
(I think this is even higher because when I do public speaking or book signings it seems like everyone I visit with knows someone.)
* 81% of ten year olds are afraid of being fat.

* Of American 13-year-olds, 80 percent have tried to lose weight.

*Half of American girls between the ages of 11 and 13 view themselves as overweight
* 91% of women recently surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting.

*In adolescents, anorexia is the third most common chronic illness.

*Of all the mental illnesses, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate.

* Of those Americans with eating disorders, only one in ten get the treatment they need.
*20% of people with eating disorders and 25% of people with anorexia nervosa die without treatment. That number goes down to 2-3% with treatment.

If anyone has any personal stories of their own children, niece, or themselves I would love to hear them.


Danyelle Ferguson said...

Wow. The statistics are overwhelming. I know girls in my daughter's 2nd grade class who say they are "dieting" because they are "fat". It's really sad.

Haley said...

Thank you for your comment Danyelle. That is so sad about the girls in your daughter's class. Wow. Parents need to be on top of these issues at a young age now days.

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