Eating disorders are a social issues facing the United States. It is estimated that in the United States, there are around 8-10 million people, both men and women, with an eating disorders.
About 5 in every 1,000 women in America suffers from anorexia. Nearly one-third of women in America suffer from bulimia. It is estimated that nearly 15 percent of all people who suffer from eating disorders are male.
Anorexia is in the top three most common chronic illnesses in teenagers. Up to 10 percent of anorexics die within a short time of becoming anorexic, and that number increases with the amount of people that go without treatment.
As the number of obese Americans grows, so does the number of people with eating disorders. It has been shown that the two frequently go hand in hand. It has also been shown that many people who are described as “frequent dieters” tend to lean toward more serious eating disorders. A frequent dieter is defined as someone who describes themselfs as almost always or always being on a diet.
There are different types of treatments for eating disorders. Outpatient programs are the least restrictive programs. In an outpatient program, a person would see a nutritionis and therapist a few times a week. Inpatient programs are more intense programs. With an inpatient program, a person would be admitted to the facility 24/7 until the treatment is completed.
Treatment for eating disorders can be long term. Usually this is a 3-6 year process. For some people, multiple treatment programs are needed before full recovery.
Some signs of anorexia and bulimia include: preoccupation with the fat content and calories in food, hair loss, or a greying of skin. Fear of eating, and denying food on a frequent basis is a major indicator of an eating disorder. These are just a few of the many signs of eating disorders.