National Statistics for Anorexia with Anorexia Charts

The Slow Suicide

by Melisa Steele

Looking for national statistics for anorexia?
Here are some we have compiled including anorexia charts.


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Anorexia is one of three eating disorders and is classified as a serious medical condition affecting about 1% of the female population. That may sound like a small number but it averages out to be 1 out of every 100 young women!

Anorexia rarely claims victims before puberty or after the age of 40. It is the third most chronic illness in young adults between the age of ten and twenty who are literally starving themselves, sometimes to death.

Let’s take a look at some of the National Statistics for Anorexia:

  • 50% of girls between the ages of 13 and 15 believe they are overweight
  • 40-60% of high school girls diet
  • 30-40% of junior high girls are concerned about their weight
  • 80% of 13 year old girls have dieted
  • 40% of 9-year-old girls have dieted
  • 85% of patients develop this disorder between the ages of 13 and 18

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and because of this fact some call anorexia a slow suicide. Only 1 in 10 people with an eating disorder will receive treatment and out of this number 80% do not receive treatment at the intensity they need to recover. The death rate associated with anorexia is 12 times higher than the death rate of all causes of death for females 15 –24 years old.

  • 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide.
  • 5 – 10% of anorexics die within 10 years after contracting the disease
  • 18-20% of anorexics will be dead after 20 years
  • 30 – 40% ever fully recover – that’s less than half!

Anorexia Charts

Maintaining a healthy weight is very important. Eating a balanced diet will help you feel more energized and help keep you alert. It will also help prevent diseases and health complications. Please review the 3 charts below for a clearer picture.

Anorexia Charts #1: Healthy Dieting vs. Anorexia

This chart actually shows what healthy dieting is compared to the eating disorder, anorexia:

anorexia charts dieting



Anorexia Charts #2: Food Pyramid

This gives you an example of the amounts of food you should eat daily from each group.

Anorexia charts food pyramid

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Other Resources for Anorexia

Treatment4Addition.com offers more information and help for eating disorders.

You may also want to check out this website www.yourstory.info where others share their stories of struggling with anorexia and overcoming it.

Check out this thought provoking anorexia video

Learn more about Anorexia here.






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