CEDM treats all patients for all manner of eating disorder behaviors and thoughts because eating disorders do not discriminate. They affect women, men, boys, and girls alike. The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states approximately 30 million individuals will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime, and that number may be on the rise. While the prevailing belief is eating disorders are found primarily among young white females, the reality is much more complex. Research is finding older women are developing eating disorder behaviors at rates similar to adolescents (Bulik et al, 2012). According to NEDA, Hispanic and black females also show similar and possibly greater levels of eating disorder behaviors than their white counterparts. And while males are considered to be a minority of those with eating disorders, the latest research reveals males make up about 1 in 3 eating disorder cases of anorexia and bulimia (National Association for Males with Eating Disorders) and approximately 40% of those with binge eating disorder (Binge Eating Disorder Association). When we consider the diagnosis of muscle dysmorphia (the obsessive belief that one needs to become bigger and have greater muscle definition) as a male demonstration of eating disorder behavior, males may be nearly equal to females in eating disorder diagnosis. Members of the LGBTQ community are significantly more likely to develop an eating disorder due to anxiety, depression, trauma, gender dysphoria, and other psychosocial pressures.
Sadly, eating disorders are also affecting younger and younger individuals. Some programs report seeing clients as young as five years old developing body image concerns and dieting behavior. The average age of onset, which historically has been about age 16 or 17, also appears to be skewing younger. Recent statistics include:
- 42% of girls in grades 1-3 want to lose weight
- 45% of boys and girls in grades 3-6 want to be thinner
- 51% of 9 and 10 year old girls say they feel better about themselves when they are dieting
- 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat
- 9% of nine year olds have vomited to lose weight
To learn more about how we can help you or your loved one recover from an eating disorder, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-472-2846.