Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Did You Know......?

Did you know that ...
  • Americans spend more than 40 billion a year on diet and beauty products
  • The average American woman is 5'4" and 140 pounds
  • The average American model is 5' 11" and 117 pounds
  • The current media ideal of thinness is achieved by less than 5% of the female population
  • more than 50% of 10 year old girls wish they were thinner
  • 8 out 10 women are not happy with their reflection 
  • 8 million people in the US suffer from an ED
  • 90% are women/girls
  • 10 to 15 percent are male
  • 15 percent of young women in the US who are not diagnosed with an eating disorder exhibit substantially disordered eating behavior and attitude.
  • Approximately 50 percent of anorexics will develop bulimia or bulimic behaviors.
  • 90 percent of women with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.
  • Approximately 60 percent of those with an eating disorder that seek treatment will recover.
  • Without treatment up to 20 percent of those with serious eating disorders will die.
  • 80% of children are afraid of being fat
  • In your lifetime 50,000 people will die as a direct result of their Eating Disorder.
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