The US Dept of Health and Human Services task force reports:
- 10 million females and 1 million males have life threatening eating disorders
- 87 percent are children and adolescents under the age of twenty
- By age 13, 10% of girls had reported the use of self-induced vomiting
Risk Factors for Different Groups
- Teens: Early puberty is a primary risk factor for the onset of eating disorders among teens.
- Males: The number of males with eating disorders has doubled in the past 10 years, certain sports, homosexuality
- Women: Increasing numbers of women aged 20 – 50 seeking help for eating disorders they have harbored secretly for twenty or thirty years.
Health Consequences of Eating Disorders:
Eating disorders are the most lethal of all mental health disorders, killing or maiming between 6 and 13 percent of victims who die of:
- Infectious diseases
- Heart attack/failure
- Liver or kidney failure
- Diabetic Coma
US Dept of Health and Human Services – (http://www.hhs.gov)
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