Eating Disorder Awareness: What is it? 

Its Eating Disorders Awareness week. It is described as 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


Eating Disorder Awareness UK Statistics 

Sadly. eating disorders are responsible for more loss of life than any other mental health conditions and they are unfortunately becoming more frequent. This health condition has become a common concern in the UK and around the world in the last 30 – 40 years.


Below are some key facts about UK Eating Disorder Statistics:

– 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 disorders are most common in individuals between the ages of 16 and 40 years old.

– Eating disorders have the highest mortality rates among psychiatric disorders.

– The average duration of an eating disorder is 6 years.


UK Eating Disorder Statistics:

– There were 19,040 admissions to hospital in the UK related to eating disorders in 2018/19. This is up from 13,885 in the previous financial year.

– Anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder affect 10% of persons in the UK at some point during their lives. 

– The entire cost of eating disorders to the NHS is £1.26 billion each year.

–  According to NHS figures, 25% of admissions to UK hospitals for eating disorders in 2018/19 were for children under the age of 18.

– Only 15% of respondents in a 2008 survey said UK GPs understood eating disorders and could give helpful support.


Anorexia Nervosa statistics:

– Anorexia nervosa is a mental condition and an eating disorder. It is defined by eating less food than is required on a regular basis, resulting in an extremely low body weight and poor health. It also includes a mental component in which patients believe they are overweight when they are not.

– Over the course of their lives, between 2 and 4% of women will develop anorexia nervosa. 

– Women are 4 – 12 times more likely than males to suffer from anorexia. It is most frequently among teenagers, with rates increasing between the ages 15 and 19.

– There are 1 in 5 deaths of people with anorexia that are due to suicide.


Bulimia Nervosa statistics: 

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that involves binge eating such as consuming large amounts of food in one go. Which is then followed by purging like vomiting and over exercising.

– Bulimia usually strikes early in life.

– Bulimia has a weighted crude death rate of 1.74 per 1000 person years.


Binge Eating Disorder statistics: 

– Binge eating disorder is more common among older adults and men than other eating disorders. It frequently happens with obesity.

– Around 1.9 percent of European women have binge eating disorder. Which means, compared to 0.3 percent of men.

– Obesity affects 1 out of every 2 people who suffer from bulimia nervosa and a binge eating disorder, which has a high risk of health effects in people.

Where you can get help in the UK

Below are 3 sources and websites where you can get the help you require. We hope you found this information useful.

– Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC) – Advice and support for anyone affected by eating problems.

Tel:03000 11 12 13


Website: Let’s talk about eating disorder


Beat – Offers information and advice on eating disorders, and runs a supportive online community.

0808 801 0677 (adult helpline)

0808 801 0811 (studentline)


Website: Beat-Eating Disorder


Overeaters Anonymous Great Britain – Local support groups for people with eating problems.

Website: Overeaters Anonymous Great Britain

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