Eating Disorders

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La Casa de Cristo wants to help you, your family, and your friends through any eating disorders. Please reach out to our Parish Nurse, Elizabeth Geenen R.N., F.C.N. via email for more questions.
Eating Disorder Facts and Helpful Links:
Prevalence
•    It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder – seven million women and one million men
•    One in 200 American women suffers from anorexia
•    Two to three in 100 American women suffer from bulimia
•    Nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder (Note: One in five Americans suffers from mental illnesses.)
•    An estimated 10 – 15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are males
Mortality Rates
•    Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
•    A study by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders reported that 5 – 10% of anorexics die within 10 years after contracting the disease; 18-20% of anorexics will be dead after 20 years and only 30 – 40% ever fully recover
•    The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15 – 24 years old.
•    20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems
Access to Treatment
•    Only 1 in 10 people with eating disorders receive treatment
•    About 80% of the girls/women who have accessed care for their eating disorders do not get the intensity of treatment they need to stay in recovery – they are often sent home weeks earlier than the recommended stay
•    Treatment of an eating disorder in the US ranges from $500 to $2,000 per day. The average cost for a month of inpatient treatment is $30,000. It’s estimated that individuals with eating disorders need from 3 – 6 months of inpatient care. Health insurance companies don’t typically cover the cost of treating eating disorders
•    The cost of outpatient treatment, including therapy and medical monitoring, can extend to $100,000 or more
Adolescents
•    Anorexia is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents
•    95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25
•    50% of girls ages 11-13 see themselves as overweight
•    80% of 13-year-olds have attempted to lose weight
(info from https://www.state.sc.us/dmh/anorexia/statistics.htm)
Helpful links:
A New Beginning

Doorways

Eating Disorders
Healthy Futures
NEDA: National Eating Disorder Association
Staying Healthy: All About Eating Disorders
For more information, to ask questions, or share concerns, click here to email Elizabeth Geenen, R.N., F.C.N. Parish Nurse