This is a topic close to my heart, so I thought I would share some of the "fun" facts that you might not know about Eating Disorders.
- There are more people in the US right now who are struggling with an Eating Disorder than there are people with green eyes.
- Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder - many people die of suicide, malnutrition, or heart attack. Eating Disorders can kill even during periods of recovery/after a person is recovered, due to the damage that it can cause to the heart and other organs.
- Despite the common belief that Eating Disorders are a disease that affects "rich white girls," 1 in 3 or 4 people with an Eating Disorder is male. It is believed that non-white Americans suffer Eating Disorders at similar rates to white Americans, with the exception of Anorexia Nervosa, which does, for some reason, seem to affect Caucasians more so than minorities.
If you want to learn more, check out the NEDAwareness Articles posted on the NEDAwareness website.