Lets Talk About Eating Disorder: Types, Symptoms & Statistics
What is Eating Disorder?
Eating Disorders describe illnesses that are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape. It may include inadequate or excessive food intake which can eventually have a negative effect on the individual’s well-being. The most common forms of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder and affect both females and males.
Eating Disorder: Types and Symptoms
– Between 1.25 and 3.4 million people in the UK are estimated to be directly affected by eating disorders.
– Around 25% of those affected by an eating disorder are male
– Eating disorder are most common in individuals between the ages of 16 and 40 years old
-Eating disorders have the highest mortality rates among psychiatric disorders
Source: ‘’The UK eating disorder statistics are derived from data published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Beat, and Anorexia and Bulimia Care.’’
Where you can get help in the UK
– Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC) – Advice and support for anyone affected by eating problems.
Tel:03000 11 12 13
Beat -Offers information and advice on eating disorders, and runs a supportive online community.
0808 801 0677 (adult helpline)
0808 801 0811 (studentline)
Overeaters Anonymous Great Britain – Local support groups for people with eating problems.