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Anorexia Statistics 2011

Anorexia Statistics 2011 The truth about Anorexia

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder where the sufferer is addicted to starving themselves due to an obsessive fear of gaining weight. People suffering from anorexia still feel hungry but only eat very small quantities of food, sometimes as little as one mouthful.

Anorexia is completely different to Bullemia, which is binge eating and then vomiting up the food, but the end results are the same, malnutrition.

The average intake of a person suffering from Anorexia Nervosia is 600-800 calories a day and in extreme cases they inflict themselves with complete self-starvation. It is a serious psychiatric disorder which can cause the death of the sufferer unless it is treated in time.

Anorexia is most prevalent in adolescent girls who idolise the stick-thin models they see pictured in the glossy magazines.

The typical age when people become anorexic is in their teens to early 20s but it is still common for younger girls to be anorexic as well as older women.

Most people think they can control their anorexia and go back to their normal weight without outside help, but they can't, anorexics cannot control the disease on their own.

Signs of Malnutrition

  • Dull, dry hair with areas of lighter or darker spots and hair loss
  • Swelling of the face, dark areas on the cheeks and under the eyes, lumpy or flaky skin around the nose and mouth.
  • Dull appearance in the eyes, dry, pale or red membranes, red eyelid corners and a bloodshot ring around the cornea.
  • Red and swollen lips, especially at the corners
  • Swollen, purple and raw-looking tongue
  • Dry, flaky, swollen and dark skin with lighter or darker spots, resembling bruises.
  • Spoon-shaped nails, brittle and ridged.
  • Muscle wastage, bumps on the ribs, swollen joints, knock knees or bow legs.
  • Heart rate above 100 beats a minute, arrhythmias, raised blood pressure
  • Enlarged liver and spleen
  • Irritability, confusion, decreased ankle and knee reflexes.

Anorexia Statistics 2011

  • Anorexia Nervosa occurs in more females than in males
  • Most anorexics are young women
  • 6% of anorexics weigh at least 15% less than their safe normal weight
  • Anorexia Nervosa is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents
  • 40-60% of high school girls are on a diet
  • 50% of girls between 13 and 15 years-old believe they are overweight
  • 80% of 13-year-olds have dieted
  • 60% fully recover from Anorexia Nervosa
  • 20% partially recover
  • 2.3% die while seeking treatment from this disorder
  • 10% of anorexics are male.
  • Almost 50% of people with eating disorders suffer from severe depression
  • Only 1 in 10 men or women with eating disorders receive treatment
  • Only 35% of people receiving treatment get it at a specialised facility for easting disorders
  • Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder.
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

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Comments (4)

Good article. I'm not sure if you know this, but bulimics are rarely underweight. I learned that in school recently, thought it was interesting.


600-800 is not a typical consumption. that's way too high. i think overall this is good but is still slightly ignorant of what anorexia really entails mentally--but as it's a statistic piece, i understand that's not your main focus.

however, 60% fully recover is a lie. the fully is what throws that off. on average, studies show between 30-60% will recover, but 'fully', i.e. never relapsing, is close to 30.

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Mel Thank you for your comment. I always appreciate constructive criticism, that is what Factoidz is all about. Your comment will advise people what anorexia is really like - luckily I have never suffered, If you have, I'm sorry and thank you again

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