How common are eating disorders?

How common are eating disorders?


Unhealthy eating patterns and dissatisfaction with weight and shape are common in the population, especially at certain stages of life such as adolescence.

Studies vary. A recent review of 94 studies estimated that the lifetime prevalence (the percentage of the population over their lifetime) with eating disorders is 2.2% of males and 8.4% of females. That is about 1 in 50 men and 4 in 50 women. 

Source: Galmiche et al (2019) American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 109 (5): 1402-1413.