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More than 28 million Americans will have an eating disorder in their lifetime. Eating disorders affect individuals from diverse backgrounds. Research shows that although Black women have similar or higher rates of binge eating as White women, Black individuals have been underrepresented in clinical trials. Individuals with higher body weight may benefit from having healthcare professionals who specialize in obesity and eating disorders collaborating on a treatment plan, yet their care is not often integrated which may hinder successful interventions.

For many individuals who are LGBTQI+, bullying and intimidation heighten the need to seek help from health care providers. Sexual minority women often report higher BMI, body dissatisfaction, and eating pathology. Compared to non-athletes, athletes are at a higher risk of developing eating disorders, with female collegiate athletes being identified as higher risk than male athletes. Across demographics, eating disorders often go undertreated or untreated.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, eating disorder-related hospital admissions among adolescents and young adults have increased has contributed to higher stress and anxiety, two risk factors for eating disorders. daily routines has also facilitated unhealthy eating patterns. Increased exposure to social media has heightened body dissatisfaction. As a result, COVID-19 has exacerbated the rates of eating disorders.

We are dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of all Americans. Our work to improve health outcomes for those with eating disorders are outlined in three main commitments: to improving care; reducing stigma, and expanding prevention awareness.

If you or someone you love is at risk of an eating disorder or is in crisis, help is available at: SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline, 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727).
You can speak to a live operator, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.

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