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Binge-Eating Disorder
Binge-eating disorder can cause high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol levels. Other effects of binge-eating disorder include fatigue, joint pain, type 2 diabetes, gallbladder disease, and heart disease.

Preventing Eating Disorders

Studies show that the earlier an eating disorder prevention plan is introduced, the less likely it is that someone will develop an eating disorder. However, more research is needed -- both on the causes of eating disorders and methods of preventing them.

Statistics on Eating Disorders

Statistics for the various eating disorders are alarming and demonstrate that no gender, social class, race, or culture is immune. Furthermore, a look at eating disorder statistics shows that people are starting to develop these conditions -- or are at least becoming more body- and weight-conscious -- at earlier ages than before. Some statistics on eating disorders include:
  • During their lifetime, an estimated 0.5 percent to 3.7 percent of females will develop anorexia.
  • The mortality rate among people with anorexia has been estimated at 0.56 percent per year, or approximately 5.6 percent per decade. This is about 12 times higher than the annual death rate due to all causes of death among females ages 15 to 24 in the general population.
  • Bulimia affects approximately 1 percent to 3 percent of adolescents in the United States, with the illness usually beginning in late adolescence or early adult life.
  • Community surveys have estimated that between 2 percent and 5 percent of Americans experience binge-eating disorder.
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