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Eating Disorder Stats You Never Knew!

Substance abuse and eating disorders go hand in hand. Research suggests that nearly 50 percent of individuals with an eating disorder are also abusing drugs or alcohol, a rate that is five times higher than the general population. Researchers aren’t exactly sure how or why both problems develop, but it’s believed to be a mix of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors.

It’s also not clear what comes first: the addiction or the eating disorder. In some individuals, the substance abuse causes appetite suppression that leads to significant weight loss and triggers the eating disorder. In other cases, the eating disorder is present and the individual uses substances to help them cope. In either case, the behaviors are counterproductive and cause both conditions to worsen. Early intervention and nutrition education for recovering addicts is essential.

Let’s take a look at some interesting eating disorder statistics that you probably never knew about.

Eye-Opening Stats About Eating Disorders

  • What You Need To Know-Eating Disorder Stats-TheRiverSourceUp to 30 million people in the US suffer from an eating disorder. Eating disorders include bulimia, anorexia and binge eating. These numbers include both men and women of all ages.
  • Eating disorders may have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. The most common causes of death include organ failure, heart failure, malnutrition or suicide. However, statistics are misleading because the complications of death are usually reported rather than the eating disorder. This is why numbers vary considerably according to different studies and sources.
  • Nearly 50 percent of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression. Just as eating disorders and substance abuse have a strong link, so do eating disorders and mental illness. For the best chances of recovery, both conditions need to be diagnosed and treated.
  • Sadly, only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders get the treatment they need. And, for those who do receive treatment, only 35 percent of them get professional help from a specialized treatment center.
  • Women are much more likely than men to develop an eating disorder. Only 5 to 15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are male. However, these statistics may be misleading because men are less likely to seek treatment than women because of the perception that eating disorders are “women’s diseases.”

With the strong link between eating disorders, mental illness and substance abuse, it’s most effective for individuals to receive holistic treatment that addresses all aspects of their being – mind, body and spirit. When this philosophy is applied along with medical treatment for the underlying conditions, true healing and recovery can be reached.

*Please note that The River Source treats substance abuse as a primary diagnosis. If you believe that you or a loved one has an eating disorder, please seek prompt medical attention by a qualified counselor in eating disorders.

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What Is Pregorexia?

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Just going off the name, you can probably figure out that pregorexia is a combination of pregnancy and anorexia. It’s certainly something that veers off our normal stereotype of “eating for two.” Many expectant mothers enjoy the extra freedom during their pregnancies to take in more calories and grow their bumps. But not every mother feels this way.

Some expectant mothers become consumed with how many calories they’re taking in and how much weight they’re putting on. They may feel like they’re losing control of their bodies and need to take charge, so they start withholding calories and nutrients.

What Are The Signs Of Pregorexia?

What Is Pregorexia-Signs Of Pregorexia-The River SourcePregorexia is a not a formally recognized medical condition but rather something that has been coined by the media, the general public and some doctors in recent years. The condition is used to describe any expectant mother who suffers from eating disorder behaviors like extreme dieting and exercise, purging and binging.

Signs of pregorexia include:

  • Extended workouts
  • Calorie restriction
  • Fear of getting on the scale
  • Low self esteem
  • Preoccupation with staying thin

Who’s At Risk?

Some women are more at risk for pregnancy and addiction problems. Women who have suffered from eating disorders in the past are more likely to suffer from pregorexia as well as women who have a history of poor body image and disordered eating. Past drug and alcohol abuse may also play a role in the onset of eating problems during pregnancy.

How Can Pregorexia Be Treated?

Since pregorexia isn’t medically recognized, there are no statistics on how many women experience it. It is estimated, however, that about 30% of pregnant women don’t gain enough weight. Of course, not every pregnant mom who doesn’t gain enough weight struggles with an eating disorder. But for those that do, the experience is much like any other form of pregnancy and addiction.

Women with past eating or addiction problems need to be upfront and honest with their doctors when they do become pregnant. Typically they will need some type of counseling and regular monitoring. Individual therapy is very effective because the patient and her therapist can work together to resolve self-esteem and self-image problems. Pregnant mothers also need to know that they are not alone.

Will We See More Of This?

Many speculate that pregorexia will become a more common condition among expectant mothers because of the pressures to bounce back after having a baby. Tabloids related to baby weight loss have more than doubled in recent years and it has now become an expectation, not an accomplishment. The best we can do is let expectant mothers know that if they experience these symptoms, they are not alone and that help is available.

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