Eating disorder statistics

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How many people in the UK have an eating disorder?

The Costs of Eating Disorders – Social, Health and Economic Impacts report, commissioned by Beat and produced by PwC in February 2015, estimates that 1.25 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder – using a more robust methodology than previous studies. 

The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence estimates around 11% of those affected by an eating disorder are male.

Recent research from the NHS information centre showed that up to 6.4% of adults displayed signs of an eating disorder (Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, 2007). This research suggested that up to 25% of those showing signs of an eating disorder were male.

The Health and Care Information Centre published figures in February 2014 that showed an 8% rise in the number of inpatient hospital admissions in the 12 months previous to October 2013. The Costs of Eating Disorders report found that this

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