Eating Disorders

Fact Sheets Resources

People with eating disorders experience serious disturbances in their eating patterns, such as a severe and unhealthy reduction in their food intake or overeating, as well as extreme concern about body shape or weight. Eating disorders usually develop during adolescence or early adulthood. Eating disorders are not due to weak willpower or bad behavior; rather, they are real, treatable illnesses. The two main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Who has eating disorders?

Women are much more likely than men to develop an eating disorder. Only an estimated five to 15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are male.An estimated 0.5 to 3.7 percent of women suffer from anorexia nervosa in their lifetime. Research suggests that about 1 percent of female adolescents have anorexia.An estimated 1.1 to 4.2 percent of women have bulimia nervosa in their lifetime.About 50 percent of people who have had anorexia develop bulimia or bulimic patterns.

What treatments are available?

Eating disorders are treatable. The sooner they are diagnosed and treated, the better the outcomes are likely to be. Eating disorders require a comprehensive, long-term treatment plan that usually involves individual or family therapy, and that may include medication and even immediate hospitalization. Unfortunately, many people with eating disorders will not admit they are ill and refuse treatment. Support from family and friends are vital to successful treatment and recovery.

Fact Sheets

Eating Disorders 

Eating Disorders - A downloadable booklet that describes the symptoms, causes, and treatments of eating disorders from the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH)


Eating Disorders - A downloadable booklet that describes the symptoms, causes, and treatments of eating disorders from the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH)

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
(800) 931-2237

Services NEDA offers include prevention programs, the distribution of educational materials, research and a referral line.

Rogers Memorial Hospital
Multiple locations in Southeastern Wisconsin
Call (800)767-4411 to talk to a specialist or request a free screening online

Rogers is a nationally respected leader in the treatment of eating disorders for male and female teens, adults, and children.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
(847) 831-3438

Offers hotline counseling; operates an international network of support groups and offers referrals to health care professionals who treat eating disorders; publishes a national quarterly newsletter, and will mail information packets customized to individual needs upon request. It also provides educational speakers, programs and presentations for schools, colleges, public health agencies and community groups.

Eating Disorder Information and Referral Center

A resource for information and treatment options for all forms of eating disorders. It includes referrals to local treatment centers nationwide.

Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
(505) 891-2664

OA is a non-profit organization that provides volunteer support groups worldwide. Modeled after the 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous program, the OA recovery program addresses physical, emotional and spiritual recovery aspects of compulsive overeating. Members are encouraged to seek professional help for individual diet and nutrition plans and for any emotional or physical problems.

The Renfrew Center Foundation

A non-profit organization promoting the education, prevention, treatment and research of eating disorders. The nation’s first freestanding facility committed to the treatment of eating disorders.

Support Groups in the Milwaukee Area, click here. (Search "Eating Disorders" under Type of Group)

Search for Therapists in the Milwaukee Area, click here. (Search "Eating Disorders" under Area of Expertise.