Anorexia Nervosa is more common in women than men, but people of all ages and backgrounds can suffer from the disease.
Here are some anorexia nervosa statistics from various UK organisations, which were all obtained from their corresponding websites in 2007:
- In the UK, 1 in 100 women aged between 15 and 30, suffers from anorexia. Reports show girls as young as five years of age have weight concerns, and think about going on a diet.
- Approximately 11 people in 100,000 develop anorexia nervosa each year.
- 1-2 percent of young women are thought to be anorexic at any one time.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists:
- Anorexia nervosa is most likely to strike during the mid-teenage years.
- Anorexia affects approximately 1 in 150 fifteen-year-old females, and 1 in 1000 fifteen-year-old males.
- Approximately 1 percent of 16 to 18 year olds have anorexia.
- About 40 percent of people with anorexia recover completely.
- Around 30 percent of anorexia sufferers continue to experience the illness long-term.
Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) Service:
- Approximately 10 percent of cases of anorexia arise in men.
- On average, anorexia occurs between the ages of 16 and 17.
- The highest rates of anorexia are seen in female teenagers aged between 13 and 19, with 51 per 100,000 cases being seen each year.
- Per year, 19 in 100,000 females will have anorexia, while 2 per 100,000 males will have the disease.
- Anorexia is also sometimes seen in older people.
- Around 1 percent of schoolgirls and females have anorexia.
- An identical twin has a 50 percent chance of developing anorexia if their twin has it.
- A history of sexual abuse is seen in 3 out of 10 people with anorexia.
- Around 5 percent of cases of anorexia will be fatal.
- Currently, in developing countries and black communities, anorexia nervosa appears to be somewhat rare.
UK Parliament - Publications:
The following table shows the number of diagnosed and admitted cases of anorexia in NHS hospitals, England, from 1996-97 onwards. Please note these figures represent individual cases and not the actual number of patients (some patients will have had more than one admission).