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Diet > World Statistics on Dieting

Statistics kept on people with eating disorders are few as many people with eating disorders do not report the condition unless it becomes life threatening and leading to the problem being very much under-estimated.

The average American woman is said to weigh 144 lbs and wears between a size 12 and 14 and yet almost 50% are dieting on any given day as any over size 12 do not meet the fashion requirement.

Models who twenty years ago weighed 8% less than the average woman, today weigh 23% less.

The BBC, Time, News Week and the Canadian Medical Association Journal have published some information as summarized below:
  • As many as one in four teenage girls may suffer from the symptoms of an eating disorder.
    In many girls, the problems appear to set in from a very early age and is caused by peer pressure and exposure to advertising.
  • Scientists from Canada quizzed 1,739 girls aged 12 to 18 about their eating habits. They found that 27% had significant symptoms of eating disorders such as binge eating or purging. The girls who took part in the study were asked to complete a standardised questionnaire on eating disorders.

    Findings showed:
    • 23% said they were currently dieting
    • 15% reported binge eating associated with loss of control
    • 8.2% reported self-induced vomiting
    • 2.4% were using diet pills
The researchers also reported that teenage girls are starting to engage in "severely disordered behaviours" at an earlier age. In children aged 8 to 10, approximately half the girls and one-third of the boys were unhappy with their size.

Anorexia is the Number one killer of teenage girls and in total more than 90% of those with eating disorders are adolescent young women

In a study of girls aged 9 to 15, slightly more than half reported exercising to lose weight, slightly less than half reported eating less to lose weight, and approximately 1 out of 20 reported using diet pills or laxatives to lose weight.

15% of girls who suffer from anorexia will DIE from it. That's 2 in 10 and up to 20% of Anorexics die by 20 years of age.

1 out of 10 males have an eating disorder and one Million boys and men struggling with eating disorders and borderline eating conditions

About 40% of people with Anorexia Nervosa will later develop Bulimia.

Many individuals suffering from bulimia will die from either starvation, cardiac arrest, other medical complications, or suicide and it is estimated that at least 50,000 individuals will die as a direct result of their eating disorder!

Compulsive eating is not just one of the eating disorders, it is the MOST COMMON eating disorder, often resulting from an inability to resolve emotional distress. 41% of "normal dieters" progress to pathological dieting.

Eating disorders have no age, sex, or race boundaries or limits!

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