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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
In many girls, the problems appear to set in from
a very early age and is caused by peer pressure
and exposure to advertising.
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.
- 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.
- 23% said they
were currently dieting
- 15% reported
binge eating associated with loss of
- 8.2% reported
- 2.4% were
using diet pills
is the Number one killer of teenage girls and in
total more than 90% of those with eating
disorders are adolescent young women
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
disorders have no age, sex, or race boundaries or
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