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Facts About Eating Disorders

  • At least 30 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder.
  • Eating disorders affect people of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities and socioeconomic groups.
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Someone dies as a direct result of an eating disorder every 62 minutes.
  • There is little U.S. federal funding for research on eating disorders. According to the Academy for Eating Disorders, eating disorders research is allocated about $28 million per year, whereas mental illnesses like Depression ($328 million/year), Schizophrenia ($352 million/year), or ADHD ($105 million/year) receive up to 13 times that amount.
  • Only 1 in 10 people with an eating disorder receive treatment.

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The EDC encourages you to visit our member organizations' websites for further information and facts on eating disorders.