Eating disorders kill: The data

I want to underscore how deadly and prevalent eating disorders are.


  • Eating disorders affect at least 9% of the population worldwide.

  • They are the deadliest mental illness, having the highest mortality rate.

  • Its mortality rate is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15-24 years old.


It’s greater than the death rate for opioid addiction or major depression.


I started to take recovery more seriously once I saw data that scared me. The data clearly indicates that people with anorexia have poor health. It is a very serious illness.