Basic facts about eating disorders you really need to know — now.
1. Eating disorders are outrageously misunderstood, misdiagnosed and under-treated. (It’s not about wanting to be thin!)
2. Eating disorders are a disease and mental illness with several causes, including environment, genes, personality and trauma.
3. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Let’s repeat that: Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. They are so deadly.
4. Despite the high mortality, many deaths by eating disorders are not properly recorded; instead they are attributed to the associated symptom: Heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest. (When the body starves, the body eats the heart).
5. On That Note: People with anorexia have a six-fold increase in mortality compared to the general population.
6. Eating disorders are a seriously underfunded disease: In 2011, 30 million people suffered from eating disorders while a mere $28 million NIH research dollars went to the disease. Just look at schizophrenia (3.4 million victims) and $276 million in research $$ or Alzheimer’s disease (5.1 million victims) and $450 million in research $$$.
7. Only ten percent of individuals with eating disorders ever receive treatment — and treatment can cost up to $2,000 a day.
8. Sorry — it has to be said: The longer a person with an eating disorder does not receive treatment, the more likely they will never be able to fully recover from the disease.
9. Eating disorders are increasingly occurring in men, older women and kids as young as six. (Ugh.)
10. There is zero correlation between the occurrence of eating disorders and the color of one’s skin or the number in their bank account. TBH, though, the same can’t be said for recovery, and Jordan gets into that big time in her #BestBodyTalks.