Statistics

Dieting

95% of diets fail and most will regain their lost weight in 1-5 years.

45 million Americans are on a diet each year and spend $33 billion on weight loss related products.

Over $300 billion annually is spent in the USA on the ‘obesity industry’ annually.

In a 2015 Nielsen Global Health and Wellness survey that polled 30,000 people in 60 different countries, 49% of global respondents believed that they were overweight, while 50% were actively dieting. 72% were exercising to lose weight.

50% of 9-10 year old American girls are on a diet.

91% of college women surveyed have been on a diet to control their weight.

75% of American women surveyed endorse unhealthy thoughts, feelings or behaviors related to food or their bodies.

Almost 50%of American women are on a diet on any given day

1 in 4 men are on a diet on any given day.

50% of 9 and 10-year-old girls feel better about themselves if they are on a diet.

35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting/disordered eating. Of those, 1 in 4 will progress to partial or full syndrome eating disorders.

The average American woman is 5’4″ tall and weighs 140 pounds.

The average American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds.

Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women.

Almost half of American elementary school students between the 1st and 3rd grades want to be thinner.

4 out of 5 children at the age of ten years old are afraid of being fat.

4 out of 5 American women are dissatisfied with their appearance.

Eating Disorders

30 million people in the USA struggle with eating disorders.

70 million people worldwide struggle with eating disorders.

5-10 million adolescent girls and women struggle with eating disorders and borderline conditions.

1 Million boys and men struggle with eating disorders and borderline conditions.

Every 62 minutes someone in the USA dies as a direct result of an eating disorder.

40% of newly identified cases of anorexia are in girls 15 – 19 years old

There has been a rise in rates of anorexia in young women 15 – 19 every decade since the 1930’s.

The rates of bulimia in 10 – 39 year old women TRIPLED between 1988 and 1993.

Anorexia is the most lethal psychiatric disorder, carrying a sixfold increased risk of death.

*Statistics from NEDA, WHO,  Neilsen Global Health and other studies click here to request.