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Incidence and Risk Factors of Eating Disorders

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
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack/failure
  • Seizures
  • Liver or kidney failure
  • Diabetic Coma


US Dept of Health and Human Services – (http://www.hhs.gov)

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