Today, I am summarising some statistics for you (it’s world suicide prevention day).
Each of these statistics represents someone who might be enjoying a full life right now if they had received early diagnosis and evidence-based treatment. I sincerely hope that in ten years’ time the statistics will be very different.
The suicide risk is several times higher among those with an eating disorder
Here is chart I created from results published by Crowe et al 2009
Note that all statistics are likely to give us underestimates. There are likely to be many more suicides that are not registered as suicides, or not registered as due to an eating disorder, but to, say, depression. Also, males are not represented here.
If your country is funding suicide prevention and making policy for suicide prevention, it needs to fund and make policy to treat eating disorders.
For more statistics on eating disorders
I find this talk by Professor Daniel Le Grange particularly good. My charts come from the papers he quoted there, 9 minutes into the video.
Note: if you’d like to copy the two charts above, without changing them, that’s fine with me.