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The Skinny on Eating Disorders
Below I have listed a few statistics and facts about eating disorders. The most common eating disorders are Anorexia and Bulimia.
Anorexia Nervosa: A psychophysiological disorder usually occurring in young women that is characterized by an abnormal fear of becoming obese, a distorted self-image, a persistent unwillingness to eat, and severe weight loss. It is often accompanied by self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, malnutrition, amenorrhea, and other physiological changes.
Bulimia: An eating disorder, common especially among young women of normal or nearly normal weight, that is characterized by episodic binge eating and followed by feelings of guilt, depression, and self-condemnation. It is often associated with measures taken to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, the use of laxatives.
About 1% of female adolescents have anorexia.
The mortality rate for anorexia is higher than any other psychological disorder.
Approximately 4% of college-aged women are bulimic.
90% of anorexia and bulimia sufferers are female.
A study in Drugs and Therapy Perspectives reports that 1% of women in the US have binge-eating disorder..
Approximately 70 million people worldwide have an eating disorder.
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