Eating Disorder

Heather Allen
By: Heather Allen

Given time, most women with anorexia or bulimia will recover
Around two-thirds of those with either eating disorder found to have recovered two decades after seeking treatment

Eating disorders are common in adolescents and are likely to be seen if a career in Nutrition is carried out. Recent research done in Massachusetts has argued that two- thirds of people who suffer with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa will eventually overcome these disorders. Past research has suggested that less than half of the people who struggle with an eating disorder will recover, however this study contradicts these results and states that “few studies have analyzed outcomes from as long as 20 years or more.”1weight-loss-494284_640.png

Typically, those who suffer from bulimia recover much more quickly than those with anorexia nervosa. This is not discouraging for adults with anorexia though because after around 22 years, patients with anorexia had a 62% recovery rate while patients with bulimia had a 68% recovery rate. Relapse was not common among those who recovered, but it did occur. With such high rates of recovery for patients with eating disorders, it brings hope to those who are suffering and not being treated. Eating disorder recovery has proven to be a difficult journey, but it is one that allows each person to feel comfortable in the skin that they are in.


Reference:

  1. Given time, most women with anorexia or bulimia will recover . ScienceDaily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161220140917.htm. Published December 20, 2016. Accessed March 10, 2017.
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