Eating disorders are serious and often fatal illnesses that cause severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors, likely shown through obsessions with food, body weight, or shape. Eating disorders are a mental health disorder that may involve physical health signs and symptoms. However, many people suffering from eating disorders show no discernable physical signs and appear to be healthy. In fact, eating disorders look different for each person and may need the help of professional to accurately diagnose.
Eating Disorder Statistics
- At least 30 million people will have an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime.
- Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
- 3.5% sexual minority women, 2.1% sexual minority men, and 16% of transgender college students report having an eating disorder. *
*(“Eating Disorder Statistics • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders”)