The number of patients treated by hospitals for eating disorders has risen by 8% in a year. - Health and Social Care Information Centre, Jan 2014

In October 2013 hospitals dealt with 2,560 eating disorder admissions, compared with 2,370 in the previous 12 months - Health and Social Care Information Centre, Jan 2014

One in 17 Patients with an Eating Disorder stayed in hospital for longer than six months (6%) compared to 3 in 10,000 of all admission cases (0.03%) - Health and Social Care Information Centre, Jan 2014

In the last year there were nine times as many females (2,320) as males (240)  admitted to hospital for an eating disorder. - Health and Social Care Information Centre, Jan 2014

The most common age for someone admitted to hospital for an eating disorder was 15 years old for a female and 13 for a male. - Health and Social Care Information Centre, Jan 2014

3 in 4 of all ED admissions were for anorexia, 1 in 20 for bulimia and other eating disorders accounted for 1 in 5 admissions. - Health and Social Care Information Centre, Jan 2014

32 out of 1,200 hospital admissions for children aged 16 and under with an eating disorder admitted last year were for children aged five to nine, and 6 out of 1,200 being under 5. - Health and Social Care Information Centre, Jan 2014

It is estimated that of those with eating disorders, 10% of sufferers are anorexic, 40% are bulimic, and the rest fall into the EDNOS category, including those with binge eating disorder. - B-eat 2013

Approximately 1.6 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder, 11% of which are male. -Health and Clinical Excellence review

The average duration of anorexia nervosa is 8 years, and of bulimia nervosa 5 years. - Australian Health Review

Around 46% of anorexia nervosa patients fully recover, with a third improving, and 20% remaining chronically ill - Steinhausen, 2002

Around 45% of bulimia sufferers make a full recovery, 27% improve considerably, and 23% suffer chronically - Steinhausen & Weber, 2009

It is estimated that around 20% of anorexia sufferers will die prematurely from their illness.

Female relatives of anorexia sufferers were 11.4 times more likely to suffer from anorexia compared to relatives of unaffected participants. For female relatives of those with bulimia, the likelihood of developing bulimia was 3.7 times that of those with unaffected relatives.

20 years ago males represented 1 out of 10 of women with anorexia or bulimia, now males represent 1 in 4 of females with anorexia and approximately 1 in 8 of women with bulimia. - ABC

¼ of people affected by an eating disorder at school age are boys - ABC

Men account for 60%-70% of binge eating disorder cases - ABC

90% of teenage girls hate their bodies and 67% want to lose weight although only about 20% are actually overweight.  Of those who want to lose weight over 3/4 want to lose more than a stone. - ABC

By the time girls are 13 more than 2/3 have been on a diet to control their weight - ABC

1 in 100 women aged 15-30 has Anorexia Nervosa - Anorexia and Bulimia Care, December 2007

Bulimia is estimated to affect 1-3% of adolescent/young adult women, the average age being 18. - ABC, December 2009

1/3 of girls and 1/5 of boys in the UK aged 11-19 have tried to harm themselves. The number of children admitted into hospital because of self-harm has risen by 1/3 in the last 5 years - ABC through BBC news

Binge eating usually affects males and females equally and usually appears later in life, between the ages of 30 and 40. - NHS, September 2013

The most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder, although there are others such as Orthorexia where the sufferer maintains a highly restrictive diet making it hard to diagnose.


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