Thursday, January 17, 2008


Did you know that:

*Anorexia is the third most common chronic condition for adolescent girls (after obesity and asthma)

*The overall mortality rate for anorexia is 5 times that of the same aged population in general with death from natural causes(i.e cardiac arrhythmia, infection etc) being 4 times greater and deaths from unnatural causes 11 times greater.

*The risk of successful suicide in those suffering from Anorexia is 32 times that expected.

*That Anorexia is the most fatal of all psychiatric illnesses.

*The incidence of Bulimia Nervosa in the Australian population is 5 in 100(in the student population it is estimated to be 1 in 5)

*Girls as young as 7 are being diagnosed with Anorexia

*Dieting to control weight is generally ineffective and may actually promote weight gain

*Women who diet frequently are 75% more likely to experience depression

*Australians spend about $1 million a day on weight loss attempts with little success

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