Many Teens with Eating Disorders Go Untreated
Approximately 3 percent of U.S. adolescents are affected by eating disorders, many of which go untreated, according to the National Comorbidity Study-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A) survey. Results from this comprehensive analysis of eating disorders indicate 1.6 percent of teens, ages 13 to 18 have been affected by binge-eating disorder. Additionally, 0.9 percent of adolescents were affected by bulimia and 0.3 percent by anorexia. Nearly half of these teens also showed signs of depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders, including thoughts of suicide.
AGD Impact, May 2011