Eating Disorders Statistics

Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating are not a choice.  They are serious mental illnesses which can have devastating impacts.  These are some common statistics about eating disorders around which we base much of our community education and outreach.

  • Eating Disorders affect up to 30 million Americans and 70 million
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    individuals worldwide.

  • 1 in 5 women struggles with an eating disorder or disordered eating.
  • Middle-aged women are the fastest growing segment of the population being diagnosed with eating disorders
  • Bullying about body size and appearance is the most common form of bullying in schools.
  • The most common behavior that precedes and predicts an eating disorder is dieting.
  • 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner.
  • Men constitute 40% of those exhibiting Binge Eating Disorder.
  • Girls who diet frequently are 12 times as likely to binge as girls who don’t diet.
  • 25% of American men and 45% of American women are on a diet on any given day.
  • Americans spend over $40 billion on dieting and diet-related products each year.
  • Four out of ten individuals have either personally experienced an eating disorder or know someone who has.
  • 81% of ten year-olds are afraid of being fat.
  • 52% of Minnesota high school females fast or skip meals to control weight.
  • 20% of Minnesota high school males fast or skip meals to control weight.

Click to download our statistics about eating disorders infographic here.



To get details information regarding the source of information download ED Statistics with Citations here.