The following are quick facts and statistics that can be helpful to know.
The main point being so you have knowledge that recovery CAN HAPPEN and happens frequently….but frustratingly, it is unlikely to happen as quickly as you might have been hoping.
- Based on hospital figures from 2012-2013, 725,000 people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder(15) Although we know this will be higher as not all people with eating disorder are in hospitals. You are not alone.
- It’s estimated that 25% of people with an eating disorder are male (NICE 2017).
- Research indicates that early intervention for eating disorders improves outcomes! We know that when a young person received FBT for anorexia within the first 3 years of the illness developing there is a greater chance of recovery.(16)(17)
- It’s thought that the average duration of anorexia is 3 to 7 years(18)(19). This is not to say a person will remain critically unwell for this period of time! But they may have eating disorder thoughts and remain in a state of partial recovery for a period of time.
- Weight recovery can happen within 6 months to a year of treatment, however it can take a further year or longer for eating disorder thoughts and distortions to stop(18)
- The average length of duration for bulimia is 5 years(20)
RECOVERY CAN HAPPEN! If this has hit you hard, perhaps try the section under ‘Recovery’ on “hope”.
The following “hard facts” below have been contributed by parents and carers whose loved one is in recovery or recovered from an eating disorder. They wanted you to know these facts so you had a realistic view of the recovery journey. They wished they had known these when they began their journeys with their loved one.