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Anorexia - How common is anorexia?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

Anorexia usually starts in the mid-teens and is more common in girls than in boys.

This is what we know.

  • About 1 in 150 girls of age 15 have anorexia.[26]

  • About 4 in 100,000 people aged 10 to 39 get anorexia each year.[27]

  • About 1 in 200 women get anorexia at some time in their lives.[28]

  • Anorexia is more common in teenage girls and young women (in their early 20s) than in older women. Children can get anorexia too.[29]

  • Not many men get anorexia compared with women. For every 10 women who get treatment for anorexia, there will be one man.[21] But nowadays, more men are talking to their doctor about having anorexia.


For references related to Anorexia click here.
Last Updated: September 19, 2012
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