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Binge Eating Statistics

Binge Eating Statistics Bulimia Nervosa statistics

Eating Disorders are caused by a psychological addiction to losing weight. Not only can they cause serious side effects, the sufferer experiences severe distress and the eating disorders are very unpleasant. But perhaps the most unpleasant of them all is Bulimia Nervosa.

This is characterised by a period of refusing to eat followed by a period of binge eating, after which the sufferer suffers feelings of guilt and low esteem.

In an attempt to get rid of these feelings the binge eating is followed by a period of defensive vomiting, combined with the use of laxatives, enemas or duretics and over-indulgence on physical exercise.

Bulimia Nervosa is most common in girls around the age of 18-years-old and it is 9 times more likely to occur in women rather than men. Doctors often prescribe anti-depressants to aid the recovery from Bulimia.

The cycles experienced by a Bulimic are

  • Out-of-control eating
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Other forms of purging

This cycle is often repeated several times a week or, in more drastic cases, several times a day. Any eating disorder is dangerous, but Bulimia can cause some serious health issues

  • Chronic gastric reflux after eating
  • Dehydration caused by frequent vomiting
  • Cardia arythma or cardiac arrest which can lead to death
  • Inflammation of the esophagus
  • Lacerations of the lining of the mouth or throat
  • Constipation
  • Infertility
  • Enlarged glands in the neck
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Swollen saliva glands

Binge Eating Statistics

Binge eating may accompany anorexia, or it might occur by itself.

  • An estimated 10% of female college students suffer from a clinical-or sub-clinical (borderline) eating disorder, of which over half suffer from Bulimia Nervosa
  • An estimated 1 in 100 American women binges and purges to lose weight.
  • Approximately 5% of women and 1% of men have Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa
  • An estimated 1 in 3 of all dieters develop compulsive dieting attitudes and behaviours, of these a quarter will develop full or partial eating disorders.
  • In the UK nearly 2 out of every 100 Secondary School girls suffer from Anorexia, Bulimia or another binge eating disorder.
  • General estimates suggest that as many as 10-15% of eating disorders are fatal for those affected.
  • Each day Americans spend an average of $109 million on dieting and diet-related products.
  • 40% of 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade girls want to be thinner.
  • 80% of 10-year-olds are worried that they have become fat.
  • 70% of 6th grade girls said that they were concerned about their weight, shape and diet when they were aged 9-11 year-olds.
  • Approximately 50% claimed they exercised to lose weight, nearly 50% claimed they reduced food intake in order to lose weight, and approximately 5% claimed to have used their parents' diet pills or laxatives in order to lose weight.

The above statistics were researched by Anne Collins

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