Up to 30 million people of all ages and genders currently suffer from eating disorders in the U.S. Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness with the death rate of anorexia nervosa being 12 times higher than the rate associated with all causes of death of females 15-24 years old.
Despite the prevalence of eating disorders, they continue to receive inadequate research funding:
- $450,000,000 is spent on Alzheimer’s research annually, that’s $88 per affected individual
- $276,000,000 is spent on Schizophrenia research annually, that’s $81 per affected individual
- $160,000,000 is spent on Autism research annually, that’s $44 per affected individual
- Only $28,000,000 is spent on Eating Disorder research annually, that $0.93 per affected individual
Eating disorders are life-threatening medical illnesses — but are treatable. Patients can and do recover, especially with early, intensive intervention.