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Statistics about Anorexia

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Anorexia:

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Prevalance of Anorexia: This particular eating disorder affects from 0.5% to 1% of the female adolescent population with an average age of onset between 14 and 18 years. (Source: excerpt from Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC)

Mortality rate for Anorexia

The mortality rate among people with anorexia has been estimated at 0.56 percent per year, or approximately 5.6 percent per decade, which is about 12 times higher than the annual death rate due to all causes of death among females ages 15-24 in the general population.22 (Source: excerpt from The Numbers Count: NIMH)

About statistics:

This page presents a variety of statistics about Anorexia. The term 'prevalence' of Anorexia usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Anorexia at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Anorexia refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Anorexia 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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