With President Obama’s recent interest on the mental health of America, many citizens have become more concerned and involved in the mental state of those around them. It can sometimes be difficult to tell just how many people in the U.S. suffer from various disorders. However, one type in particular could be on the rise very soon thanks to media and the stigma surrounding mental illness.
An estimated 24 million Americans suffer from eating disorders, according to ndsu.edu. 95% of those with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25. This indicates that much of America’s next generation may be effected by binge eating disorder, bulimia, or anorexia, all of which can lead to fatal consequences.
Anorexia is the 3rd most common illness among adolescents. This poses a major problem, especially considering that only 1 in 10 people with eating disorders receive the treatment that they need. According to state.sc.us, the treatment of eating disorders in the U.S. ranges from $500 per day to $2,000 per day. Often times, health insurance companies don’t cover the cost of treating these disorders. Because of this, even when some can recognize their problem and have the motivation to stop it, financial issues can get in the way.
Many believe that it is the media and community around them that causes people to develop eating disorders. “I remember wanting to be the same size as the people on my T.V.,” said an unnamed teenager who used to suffer from bulimia. “I’d eat and eat and eat then couldn’t wait to…well, do the next thing.”
Many hope that eating disorders will be among the topics discussed at the discussion conference held in our very own Sacramento. On July 20th, the Sacramento Convention Center will be filled with citizens wanting to have their opinion on mental health heard. If you would like to register for this dialogue, you can do so, here.