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Prevalence Statistics for Types of Eating disorders

Prevalence Statistics for Types of Eating disorders

The information below shows a list of types of Eating disorders, with information as to the prevalence of each of these types. Estimates of the people affected are calculated based on the available statistic.

Disease Prevalence Estimate US people estimate Statistic Used for Calculation
Eating disorders (overall) approx 1 in 54 or 1.84% or 5 million people in USA 4,999,999 5 million women (NWHIC); 1-4% of young women
Anorexia Nervosa approx 1 in 1,000 or 0.10% or 272,000 people in USA 272,000 estimated 0.1% adults (USSG); estimated 0.5 to 3.7 percent females (NIMH); 1% of adolescent girls (NWHIC)
Binge eating disorder approx 1 in 142 or 0.70% or 1.9 million people in USA 1,903,999 0.7% to 4% of the general population (NWHIC); 2-5% of adults (NIMH); 2% of adults (NIDDK); 2% adults or 1-2 million adults (NWHIC)
Bulimia nervosa approx 1 in 181 or 0.55% or 1.5 million people in USA 1,496,000 estimated 1.1 to 4.2 percent of females (NIMH); 2-3% of young women (NWHIC)
Eating Disorder not Otherwise Specified (ENDOS) N/A N/A No information
Disordered Eating N/A N/A Unclear. Perhaps 4% of students.

Prevalence Statistics for Eating disorders

Prevalance of Eating disorders:

5 million women (NWHIC); 1-4% of young women

Prevalance Rate:

approx 1 in 54 or 1.84% or 5 million people in USA [about data]

Types of Eating disorders

For more information about types of Eating disorders, refer to our section on types of Eating disorders.

About prevalence:

The medical term 'prevalence' of Eating disorders usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Eating disorders at any given time, whereas the annual diagnosis rate of new cases of Eating disorders is called the 'incidence'. For more information on prevalence and incidence statistics, see about prevalence and incidence statistics.


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