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Dietitian Talk: Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Prevalence and Costs

Eating disorder prevalence in the United States isn’t a new consideration, as current estimates suggest that 20 million women and 10 million men will have an eating disorder during their lifetime. Furthermore, individuals identifying as transgender were reported to be four times as likely to experience a diagnosed eating disorder compared with cisgender, minority identified women, seven times more likely compared to cisgender, minority identified men, and 12-15 times more likely compared to cisgender, heterosexual men and women. These findings are alarming to say the least and are increasing in prevalence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2020 survey examined the severity and prevalence of eating disorders and concurrent mental health conditions due to the pandemic and found significant increases.

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