It is particularly difficult to find an exact estimate for the numbers of individuals affected. Statistics are broadly based on admissions to hospital and do not include those who are treated at home, while many more may suffer in silence. A casual glance at data from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) might suggest that such illnesses are experienced predominantly by females, typically in their early teenage years. However, this is by no means exclusive. Eating disorders affect both men and women, across all ethnic and social backgrounds, and they are no respecters of age. Cases have been documented of children as young as six being treated for them.
That said, in January 2014 a report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), recorded 2,560 admissions to hospital for an eating disorder in the 12 months to October 2013*, (a rise of 8 percent on the previous year), and indicated that:
There were nine times as many females... as males… admitted to hospital for an eating disorder and this is similar to figures in the previous year (90 percent and 10 percent respectively).
The most common age for female admissions was 15 years old… and for males, this was 13 years old…
Three in four admissions were for anorexia…, one in 20 were for bulimia… and other eating disorders accounted for one in five admissions…, which is similar to the same period in 2011-12 (77 percent, 6 percent, and 17 percent respectively).
*n.b. These figures are for England only.
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