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 Eating disorders facts

Staggering and quite concerning facts

Having the disorders in question in mind, it must be pointed out to some astonishing and extremely concerning facts. Predominantly, the statistics on eating disorders are flabbergasting, to say the least. At any given time, it has been discovered that as much as 1 to 2 percent of the people living in the United States of America are befallen by this severe disorder. They occur most frequently in teenagers, as well as younger adult persons. However, there have also been instances of extremely young children, as young as six years of age, who were diagnosed with an eating disorder. Another extremely grave and extremely unpleasant fact is that eating disorders as such can quite easily lead to the person's death in case they are not treated in time and in a most appropriate manner.

As much as 20% of the people who suffer from a particular variety of eating disorder are already known to be heading death in case they do not receive a therapy. Further more, another quite troubling fact is that the treatment effectiveness rate is not promising at all. Namely, only 60% of all treatments provide those most positive results, therefore pointing out to he growing need for more substantial and extensive research. All the aforementioned translated into numbers points out to the following facts that require immediate public attention:

  • 1 to 2% of all people living in the United States of America are known to be befallen by one of the varieties of an eating disorder
  • As much as 4% of women in college also suffer from various forms of eating disorder
  • 5 to 10% of individuals who already suffer from this troubling disorder are known to be the members of the male population
  • Those members of the male population who are into gymnastics, ice skating, dancing, wrestling are at a higher risk of coming down with eating disorders
  • Those persons who adhere various diets on regular basis are also exposed to an increased risk of developing an eating disorder
  • As much as 20% of individuals suffering from any form of eating disorder are not subjected to treatment and will ultimately die

Additional complications that may arise as some of direct consequences of eating disorder include the following:

  • Malnutrition,
  • Dehydration,
  • Electrolyte imbalances,
  • Heart arrhythmia,
  • Weakened heart muscle,
  • Cardiac arrest,
  • Kidney damage and failure,
  • Stomach ulcers,
  • Stomach rupture,
  • Osteoporosis (brittle bones),
  • Loss of muscle,
  • Hormonal disturbances (women may cease menstruating),
  • Tooth damage and loss,
  • The growth of fine,
  • Downy hair all over the body.

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