Eating disorders are everywhereAt least 9% Americans (over 30 million people) are affected by eating disorders.
5.5 millionAmericans will develop an eating disorder this year
100%increase in eating disorder-related hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic
deadliest mental illness
Signs of an eating disorder are often missed
Eating disorders have the second highest mortality rate of any mental illness and often hide in plain sight.
Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by extreme restriction of food and a fear of gaining weight.
Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 with anorexia have 10 times the risk of dying compared to their same-aged peers.⁵
Those with anorexia are at an exceedingly high risk for early relapse. With FBT, 49% of adolescents with anorexia achieve full remission.
While lower weight was once equated with more severe illness in anorexia, rising rates or hospitalizations for patients with atypical anorexia (meaning they are not underweight) call this into question.⁶
Studies show that atypical anorexia rates in adolescents across the globe are higher than rates of anorexia.⁷
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Food insecurity among youth seeking eating disorder treatment
Bek Urban, Nickolas Jones, David Freestone, Dori Steinberg, Jessica H. Baker
Enhanced Family-Based Treatment for an Adolescent With Binge-Eating Disorder: A Case Report
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice
Jessica H. Baker
To Truly Reduce Weight Stigma and Eating Disorder Risk, We Need to Stop Promoting Weight Loss
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Dori Steinberg, PhD, RD, Cara Bohon, PhD
Virtually delivered family-based eating disorder treatment using an enhanced multidisciplinary care team: A case study
Clinical case reports
Megan Hellner, Cara Bohon, Samuel Kolander, Erin Parks
Predictors of family-based treatment for adolescent eating disorders: Do family or diagnostic factors matter?
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Nandini Datta, Kelsey Hagan, Cara Bohon, May Stern,