Facts about anorexia nervosa:

  • Anorexia nervosa occurs in 1% to 5% of the population.
  • About 90% to 95% are females between ages 13 and 30. However, anorexia nervosa can also occur in males and people of all ages.
  • About half of people with eating disorders also experience depression.
  • Although anorexia nervosa is most common in the white upper and middle class, it occurs in people of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • People in certain occupations that emphasize leanness to improve performance and appearance are at increased risk for developing anorexia nervosa. These include dancers, gymnasts, figure skaters, runners, wrestlers, and models.
  • Only one out of ten people with an eating disorder receive treatment.
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
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