Children at Risk
Although 90% of those diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa are female, boys are now 5 to 10% of the patients with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa and about 4% of all the patients with Binge Eating Disorder. As many as 3 to 5% of adolescent girls may have an eating disorder. Another two-thirds may be dieting even though their weight is normal. Even 9-year-olds are now worrying about what they eat. Eating disorders are most likely to start during puberty when teens are dealing with bodily changes, and at the same time are faced with new academic and social pressures. Eating disorders are more common in the teens and early 20s, particularly in times of transition, such as when a teenager leaves home for the first time. Children and teens diagnosed with Anorexia have a 5 to 7% chance of dying within ten years and those with bulimia may die within five years from their disease or suicide.
Other factors contributing to eating disorders are society's emphasis on being fit and trim. Athletes, models, actors, dancers are at risk
Depression, anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder are likely to be present in people with eating disorders.