Facts for Eating Disorder

October 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Eating disorders affect people of all ages, but are especially prominent among college students.

The Massachusetts Eating Disorders Association cites the following statistics on college student eating disorders stating that 40% of female college students have eating disorders and 91% of female college students have attempted to control their weight through dieting

According to one study on college student eating disorders, 5% to 20% of college females and 1% to 7% of college males have eating disorders (Johnson & Connors, The Etiology and Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa, 1987).

The most common college student eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder.


Eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa, are a significant public health problem and increasingly common among young women in today’s westernized countries (Griffin & Berry, 2003; Levenkron, 2000; Hsu, 1990). According to the National Eating Disorder Association (2003), 5–10% of all women have some form of eating disorder and further research suggests that 19–30% of female college students could be diagnosed with an eating disorder (Fisher, Golden, Katzman, & Kreipe, 1995).

Cultural and societal pressure on women to be thin in order to be attractive (Worsnop, 1992; Irving, 1990) can lead to obsession with thinness, body-image distortion, and unhealthy eating behaviors.


Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S.3

95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25

91% of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. 22% dieted “often” or “always”

86% report onset of eating disorder by age 20; 43% report onset between ages of 16 and 20

25% of college-aged women engage in bingeing and purging as a weight-management technique


Most college ladies would often take on some severe dieting to achieve that ultra thin looks that is hyped by media as beautiful. Consequently, practice such as “binge-eating, the use of diet pills and laxatives to purge out the food that they have just eaten is very popular among college girls in the country.

What really worst about the “starvation regimen” being practiced by many college girls in the country is that they tends to get worst overtime. The innocent dieting could lead to a severe eating disorder such a bulimia.

Once a woman gets caught in the cycle, it would be very difficult for her to stop. In some cases, the cycle is not broken early enough to save the woman from literally starving herself to death.


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