Some Startling Facts About Eating Disorders

  • According to the National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders approximately seven million women and one million men are suffering from eating disorders.

  • The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta reports that over 20 million people in the U.S. are suffering from some type of an eating disorder.

  • It is estimated that 3 to 6 per cent of the serious cases of eating disorders will die – that is a higher death rate than any other mental disorder.

  • Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are classified amount the most serious mental disorders along with schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder.

Warning Signs

  • An unusual increase or decrease in weight not related to a medical condition
  • Abnormal eating habits such as severe dieting, secretive bingeing, purging, and withdrawn behavior
  • An all encompassing preoccupation with weight and body image
  • Compulsive or excessive exercising
  • Self-induced vomiting, periods of fasting or laxative, diet pill or diuretic abuse
  • Feelings of isolation, depression or irritability
  • Super achievers
  • Goes to bathroom often
  • Wearing baggy clothes
  • Overly concerned about looks
  • Cold all of the time
  • Preoccupied with male attention
  • Won’t eat at meals
  • Wants to belong to “in” group
  • Pushes food around on the plate
  • Overly independent
  • Picky about what foods they will eat
  • Isolates
  • Fights for control over food and in other areas of their life
  • Argumentative
  • Skinny
  • Overly compliant
  • Cavities
  • Secretive
  • Damaged teeth enamel
  • Lying
  • Perfectionists
  • Self-critical
  • Hides food
  • Remorseful after overeating