Anorexia Counseling - Statistics On Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa is one of the leading causes of death among young women in the United States. Yet few people understand this mental illness, or the depth of the problem it causes in this country and around the world. Better education on the issue of anorexia will help those who at risk for the illness get the help they need, and assist families and friends as they support the individual who is suffering.

What is Anorexia?
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder in which the individuals literally starve themselves in an effort to achieve an unattainable body shape. People with anorexia will deny that they are hungry, even as they are wasting away. So serious are the complications results from anorexia, that many individuals who do seek help still succumb to the illness. Anorexia symptoms include:

  • A preoccupation with food and calorie-counting
  • Hair loss or thinning hair
  • A drop at least 15% below their ideal body weight
  • Chills and constant feelings of being cold
  • A distorted self-image in which the individual feels very fat even though she is thin.
  • A loss of menstrual cycles

 

Statistic on Anorexia

The average age of onset of anorexia is 17 years old

Approximately 1 in 200 women in the United States suffer from anorexia

40% of new anorexia cases reported each year are women between the ages of 15 and 19.

Cases of anorexia have been reported in children as young as nine years old

Despite a common belief that ALL anorexics are women, 10% of all reported cases of anorexia are men

Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among teens and adolescents

Dieting too young? 80% of girls aged 13 have already dieted, and 40 % of girls aged 9 have dieted by that point in their short lives.

Over half of the 13 year old girls in the United States see themselves as overweight.

It is believed that anywhere from 5% to 20% of women who develop complications from anorexia will not survive. This makes anorexia one the most dangerous mental disorders in the world.

The leading causes of death among women with anorexia are heart failure and suicide

Conversely, those who receive proper counseling for their anorexia, only experience a mortality rate of 1% - 2%. Obviously identification and treatment of the disease is crucial.
Other countries around the world are currently seeing a rise in the number of young women with eating disorders. Japan is currently seeing a rapid growth in the percentage of adolescent girls with anorexia and other eating disorders.

Moonview Sanctuary does more than just help women cope with their anorexia. Moonview offers complete holistic programs to help individuals build better self-esteem, grow healthier and achieve the spiritual balance necessary to fight this dangerous mental condition from the inside-out. Located in Santa Monica, California, Moonview helps women who once would have become a statistics live happy, fulfilling lives. Contact Moonview Sanctuary today for more information about their Transformational Health Programs.

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