Body dissatisfaction and eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia affect males and females of all ages, races and social class. Prevention and early intervention are vital.
- The mortality rate for anorexia nervosa is 5.86% higher than any other mental illness
- The annual death rate is 12 times higher for anorexia nervosa than all other causes in women ages 15-24 years
- In the lowest body weight patients, like those treated at ACUTE, there is a 45 times higher rate of death compared with age-matched controls