Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center
International Eating Disorder Referral Organization
For the Media
Dear Media Representative,
In the United States approximately 10% of girls and women (numbering up to 10 million) and 1 million boys and men are struggling with eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or borderline conditions (Crowther et al., 1992). At least 50,000 individuals will die as a direct result of their eating disorder!
Eating disorders are a pervasive problem in our community, state, country and world. They cross gender, racial, and socioeconomic barriers and the problem is getting worse! There are wonderful stories of recovery and hope to be told; unfortunately, there are also tragic stories of grief and loss. We needs to present all sides of the illness. We need to be responsible as a community to advocate treatment and prevention of these devastating disorders. Please help direct your audience of viewers, listeners and readers to the resources that can assist them and their loved ones in the struggle to overcome these illnesses. Together we can spread the word about the true measure of beauty and self-worth and provide the resources for treatment and prevention. Please feel free to contact us to brainstorm ideas- we have plenty of great ideas and stories to tell!
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Just a few examples of what is going on in our communities:
81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat. 51% of 9 and 10 year old girls feel better about themselves if they are on a diet (Mellin et al., 1991).
The average 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.
91% of women recently surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting, 22% dieted "often" or "always" (Kurth et al., 1995).
35% of "normal dieters" progress to pathological dieting (Shisslak & Crago, 1995).
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