Childhood Eating Disorder Statistics

(Also Known As: Children's Eating Disorder Statistics, Eating Disorder Statistics, Bulimia Statistics, Anorexia Statistics, Binge Eating Statistics)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Statistics on Childhood Eating Disorder

  • There are 5-10 million women who suffer from eating disorder and only 1 million on men. 6
  • On the other hand, the number of males who have eating disorders has doubled throughout the past decade.
  • Young girls would choose to suffer cancer, lose their parents, or live in a nuclear holocaust than to be overweight, based on a recent study.
  • There was a new study that indicates that there is a higher percentage of body fat for those adolescent girls who skip breakfast.
  • One cause of obesity in general is genetics. There is 80 percent chance that a child will become obese when both of his/her parents are obese and 40 percent chance when only one parent is obese and 15 percent chance if neither parent suffers obesity.
  • There are 5 million children in the US today that suffers from childhood obesity and additional six million who consequently suffer diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, and prone to obesity when they become adult.
  • In more than 10 million Americans who have eating disorders, 90 percent of them are children and adolescents.
  • Before, the average age of eating disorders onset is 13-17. Now, as early as 9-12 years old are seen with symptoms of eating disorders.

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Childhood Eating Disorder Topics

Related Conditions

Anorexia Nervosa – Starvation, Over-Exercise, Laxatives, Diuretics, Warped Body Image
Bulimia Nervosa – binge eating, purging, fasting, excessive eating, uncontrolled eating