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Statistics about Anorexia Nervosa

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Anorexia Nervosa:

See also prevalence and incidence page for Anorexia Nervosa

Prevalance of Anorexia Nervosa: estimated 0.1% adults (USSG); estimated 0.5 to 3.7 percent females (NIMH); 1% of adolescent girls (NWHIC)

Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 1,000 or 0.10% or 272,000 people in USA [about data]

Prevelance statistics about Anorexia Nervosa:

The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Anorexia 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 about prevalence...»

Anorexia Nervosa: Rare Disease Status

Anorexia Nervosa is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD)...more »

About statistics:

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