According to the National Eating Disorder Association, in the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Millions more are struggling with binge eating disorders. Due to the stigma associated with these disorders, many more go unreported.
In the 1960s and 1970s, when most of the research on eating disorders began, experts felt that young girls were the primary group affected and branded the disorders as a “teenage disease”. Disturbingly, the number of young women diagnosed with eating disorders has not waned at any time since then.
Additionally, other groups are showing alarming rises in diagnoses: