Eating disorder statistics

imageResponsible for more loss of life than any other form of psychological illness, eating disorders are now more common than ever before. Indeed, over the last 30-40 years, instances of eating disorders have increased to become a widespread problem. Beat estimate that there are over 1.6 million people suffering from diagnosed or undiagnosed eating disorders throughout the UK. Whilst many have been diagnosed and are receiving treatment, many more remain undiagnosed and at risk. The deniability, secrecy and stigma associated with eating disorders will stop many seeking help, and prevent others from taking responsibility to help a sufferer.

Statistics for eating disorders

  • 1.6 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder
  • 11% of the 1.6 million are male
  • 14-25 year olds are most affected by an eating disorder
  • There are up to 18 new cases of bulimia per 100,000 people, per year
  • 1 in 100 women aged between 15 and 30, are affected by anorexia
  • 10% of people affected by an eating disorder suffer from anorexia
  • 40% of people affected by an eating disorder suffer from bulimia
  • The rest of sufferers fall into the other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED) category including those with binge eating disorder (BED)
  • Research suggests that the earlier treatment is sought, the better the sufferer’s chance of recovery


Published data from Beat and MIND.

If you would like further information about Priory's eating disorder services then please call: 0845 277 4679.