Eating disorders are complex mental health illnesses. No matter what age, gender or background, anyone can develop an eating disorder. If you think you have an eating disorder, we highly recommend seeing your GP or a mental health professional.

  • Estimates of how many people in the UK have an eating disorder range from 1 million to up to 4 million.
  • Anorexia is one of the least common eating disorders, making up approximately 8% of cases.
  • Bulimia makes up approximately 19% of cases.
  • Binge Eating Disorder makes up approximately 22% of cases but research suggests it is significantly under-diagnosed.
  • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder makes up about 5% of all cases.
  • Other Specified Eating Disorder (OSFED) makes up 47% of all cases.
  • Approximately 85% of people with an eating disorder are not underweight.
  • Around 25% of people with an eating disorder living in the UK are men.
  • Research suggests that members of the LGBTQI+ community are up to 3x more likely to develop an eating disorder.