Eating Disorder Can Achieve Successful Recovery and Improve Their Overall Health

Anurag Sharma
Anurag Sharma

Updated · Sep 29, 2023


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“According to Eating Disorder Statistics, more than 9% of the world’s population has an eating disorder.”

Virtual Eating Disorder also negatively impacts an individual’s health, emotional well-being, and ability to function appropriately in various important areas of their life.

Top Eating Disorder Statistics

  • Less than 6% of individuals across the globe are medically diagnosed.
  • 28% to 74% of the risks of eating disorders are through genetic heritability.
  • More than 10,200 deaths are due to disorders worldwide every year.
  • Around 26% of individuals worldwide attempt suicide due to eating disorders.
  • More than 30% of people with disorders have experienced sexual abuse.
  • It is estimated that approximately 70 million people worldwide suffer from eating disorders.
  • Eating disorders have a high mortality rate of any mental illness, with an estimated 10% of individuals with anorexia nervosa.
  • Eating disorders are the third most common chronic illness among adolescents.
  • Women and girls are more likely to develop disorders than men and boys.
  • More than 10% of young women have eating disorders.

Prevalence of Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Statistics

Anorexia nervosa is a serious eating disorder that affects both men and women, but this disorder is more common in women. This disorder is characterized by a distorted body image, an intense fear of gaining weight, and persistent restrictions on food intake, which leads to severe weight loss.

  • The lifetime prevalence of anorexia nervosa in adults is 0.6%.
  • The lifetime prevalence of anorexia nervosa in females is three times higher than in males.
  • More than 10 million people in the United States will develop an eating disorder within their lifetime.
  • About one-third of transgender people with disorders.
  • 35% of female college athletes have an elevated risk of anorexia nervosa.
  • 10% of male athletes have an elevated risk of eating disorder anorexia nervosa.
  • About 20% of people with autism have anorexia nervosa disorder.
  • 95% of people with anorexia nervosa are between the ages of 12 to 25 years.
  • 1 out of 100 young women between the ages of 10 years had an anorexia nervosa eating disorder.

Eating Disorder Prevalence, Incidence & Trends in Asia

  • About 8.7% of females are suffering from Singapore.
  • About 50% of young adults with disorders in Singapore did not seek professional help.
  • It is estimated that around 3% of young adult women have an eating disorder, which is higher than the estimated prevalence of 1% to 2% in the general population.
  • About 14.8% of females have Eating Distress syndrome (EDS).
  • The prevalence of disorders in Hong Kong was around 3%, with anorexia Nervosa being the most common disorder.
  • The prevalence of disorders among female medical students in Southern India was around 13%.
  • It was found that non-fat-phobic anorexia nervosa accounted for only around 2% of cases of anorexia nervosa.
  • 1.6% of people in Pakistan have an Eating Syndrome disorder.
  • 33.73% of women’s in Fiji reported experiencing dissatisfaction with their weight.
  • 78.8% of students in Pakistan evidenced some degree of body dissatisfaction.
  • 40.4% of females in Pakistan are significantly more concerned about being thin.
  • 10.4% of students in Fiji have an elevated risk of ED.

Bulimia Nervosa Eating Disorder Statistics

Bulimia nervosa is a disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating, followed by purging behaviors such as vomiting, using laxatives or diuretics, fasting, or excessive exercise. People with bulimia nervosa disorder often feel a lack of control during binge eating episodes, which are typically accompanied by feelings of guilt shame, and self-disgust.

  • This disorder is more common in women than men and typically develops in adolescence or young adulthood.
  • The lifetime prevalence of bulimia nervosa for adult women ranges from 1.7%-2.0% and for men it ranges from 0.5%-0.7%.
  • 5.1% of girls with ethnic minority youth have bulimia nervosa disorder.
  • 2.35 of boys with ethnic minorities have bulimia nervosa disorder. 
  • 49% of youth with bulimia nervosa have major depression.
  • 66% of youth with bulimia nervosa have anxiety disorder.
  • 2% of adolescent boys/girls with diabetes engaged in self-included vomiting.
  • 21% OF Bahraini young adults have bulimic nervosa symptoms.
  • The prevalence of bulimia nervosa is higher in Middle Eastern Countries.
  • More than 40% of people with bulimia nervosa disorder reported symptoms of depression and anxiety due to lockdown.
  • 92% of hospital admissions for bulimia nervosa are for women.
  • 52% of hospitalized patients for bulimia nervosa have schizophrenia disorder and 23% of patients have depression disorder.
  • More than 34% of people with bulimia nervosa experience the night-eating syndrome.

Orthorexia Nervosa Statistics

  • About 1%-7% of the world population is affected with orthorexia nervosa eating disorders.
  • Orthorexia nervosa is most common in women as compared to men.
  • Orthorexia nervosa is common in college students as 25% of students at university experienced symptoms of orthorexia nervosa.
  • 85% of students who perform any sports activity experienced symptoms of anorexia nervosa.
  • Orthorexia nervosa is common in athletes, 52% of athletes have anorexia nervosa eating disorders.

Binge-Eating Disorders Statistics

Binge-eating disorder (BED) is a disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating, in which a person consumes an abnormally large amount of food within a short period. Unlike bulimia nervosa, people with BED do not engage in compensatory behaviors, such as purging or excessive exercise, after binge eating episodes.

  • Binge-eating disorder is most common in the United States.
  • This disorder affects about 2.8 million adults in the United States.
  • 78.9% of the people with binge-eating disorder have another mental health disorder.
  • 65.1% of individuals with binge-eating disorders have anxiety symptoms.
  • 43.6% of individuals with binge-eating disorders are females.
  • It affects three times the number of those diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia nervosa.
  • The binge-eating disorders affect about 2% of the American Population.
  • 30% of patients who have had gastric bypass surgery (GBS) meet the DSM-5 criteria for binge eating disorder (BEDA).
  • The binge-eating disorder affects 3.5% of women in the United States.
  • 2% of men in the United States are affected with binge-eating disorder. 
  • 1.6% of adolescents with binge-eating disorder in the United States.

The Impacts of COVID-19 on Eating Disorders

The pandemic has caused widespread anxiety and stress, which boosted the symptoms. Many treatment facilities and support groups for eating disorders have reduced their services due to COVID-19 restrictions.

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, 41.9% of individuals reported reactivation of eating disorder symptoms.
  • About 25% of patients experienced worsening ED symptoms during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, the incidence of eating disorders was 15.3% higher in 2020 as compared to previous years.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital admissions of people with ED increased by over 7.2% per month.
  • About 55.3% of females and 44.4% of males aged more than 15 years were diagnosed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anurag Sharma

Anurag Sharma

He has been helping in business of varied scales, with key strategic decisions. He is a specialist in healthcare, medical devices, and life-science, and has accurately predicted the trends in the market. Anurag is a fervent traveller, and is passionate in exploring untouched places and locations. In his free time, he loves to introspect and plan ahead.