Eating disorders are relatively common, though the prevalence can vary depending on the specific disorder and the population being studied.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), in the United States:
- About 1% of American women suffer from anorexia nervosa in their lifetime.
- Approximately 1-5% of American women experience bulimia nervosa.
- Binge-Eating Disorder (BED) is believed to be the most common, affecting 3.5% of women and 2% of men in the U.S.