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Causes & Statistics

Eating Disorders are chronic conditions with an identifiable progression and predictable symptoms.

Causes of Eating Disorders

Willpower alone cannot treat eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, compulsive overeating or bulimia because they are complex diseases. Much like other diseases, they have a process that is destructive for an individual. Like all diseases, eating disorders have a primary cause (though that cause is not always known), and predictable symptoms that are specific to each disorder. Eating disorders are not the secondary result of other disorders. They are primary diseases and must be treated as such. The causes for these diseases can vary. They can arise out of an amalgamation of sociological, psychological and genetic factors. Read More››

Eating Disorder Statistics

Every year, millions of U.S. citizens face potentially fatal eating disorders. It is estimated that between 2% to 6% of individuals in the U.S. struggle with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. This means that between 5-16 million individuals in the United states are battling these mental health disorders. Up to 25 million more individuals in the U.S. struggle with binge eating disorder. These potentially fatal diseases primarily affect women, as roughly 90% of individuals with eating disorders are female. Anorexia nervosa is thought to afflict between .5% and 2% of the U.S. populations, while bulimia nervosa is more common, occurring in 1%-4% of the population. Read More››

Media Influence

There can be no dispute that the media affects the proliferation of such eating disorders as bulimia and anorexia. From the time we are young we are assaulted with images and messages that reinforce the idea that to be happy and successful we must be thin. Today, you cannot read a magazine or newspaper, turn on the television, listen to the radio, or shop at the mall without being assaulted with the message that fat is bad. Most frighteningly, this damaging message is reaching children and adolescents. Adolescents often feel entirely worthless if their hips, breasts and weight don’t align with those of actors and models. Read More››