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Prevalence and Incidence of Bulimia nervosa

Prevalance of Bulimia nervosa:

estimated 1.1 to 4.2 percent of females (NIMH); 2-3% of young women (NWHIC) ... see also overview of Bulimia nervosa.

Prevalance Rate:

approx 1 in 181 or 0.55% or 1.5 million people in USA [Source statistic for calcuation: "estimated 1.1 to 4.2 percent of females (NIMH); 2-3% of young women (NWHIC)" -- see also general information about data sources]

Prevelance statistics for Bulimia nervosa:

The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Bulimia nervosa:

  • 5-15% of cases of anorexia/bulimia are men in the US (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH)
  • 95-85% of cases of anorexia/bulimia are women in the US (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH)
  • more statistics...»

About prevalence and incidence statistics:

The term 'prevalence' of Bulimia nervosa usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Bulimia nervosa at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Bulimia nervosa refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Bulimia nervosa diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

 

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