Basic Summary for Eating disorders


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Main name of condition: Eating disorders


What is Eating disorders?
  Brief description of Eating disorders: Various mental disorders impairing normal eating or appetite.
  Parent types of Eating disorders: Mental illness, Adolescent conditions, Psychological disorders, Psychiatric disorders
  Organs Affected by Eating disorders: mental, body
  Types of Eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Binge eating disorder, Bulimia nervosa, Eating Disorder not Otherwise Specified (ENDOS), Disordered Eating
How many people get Eating disorders?
  Prevalance of Eating disorders: 5 million women (NWHIC); 1-4% of young women
  Prevalance Rate of Eating disorders: approx 1 in 54 or 1.84% or 5 million people in USA [about data]
Who gets Eating disorders?
  Patient Profile for Eating disorders: Adolescent or young adult women (90%). Can occur in the elderly.
  Gender Profile for Eating disorders: Females (90%) much more than males. Certain male subgroups have a higher rate.
How serious is Eating disorders?
  Complications of Eating disorders: see complications of Eating disorders
What causes Eating disorders?
  Class of Condition for Eating disorders: behavior
  Causes of Eating disorders: see causes of Eating disorders
  Risk factors for Eating disorders: see risk factors for Eating disorders
What are the symptoms of Eating disorders?
  Symptoms of Eating disorders: see symptoms of Eating disorders
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Eating disorders: see treatments for Eating disorders
  Research for Eating disorders: see research for Eating disorders
Society issues for Eating disorders
  Hospitalization statistics for Eating disorders: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Eating disorders:
  • eating disorders accounted for 48,909 patient days in hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW Hospital Morbidity Database 2001-02, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • Eating disorders resulted in 6,003 hospitalisations in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW Hospital Morbidity Database 2001-02, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 0.014% (1,762) of hospital consultant episodes were for eating disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 87% of hospital consultant episodes for eating disorders required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 9% of hospital consultant episodes for eating disorders were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 91% of hospital consultant episodes for eating disorders were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 57% of hospital consultant episodes for eating disorders required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 51.6 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for eating disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 19 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for eating disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 26 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for eating disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 78% of hospital consultant episodes for eating disorders occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospital consultant episodes for eating disorders occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for eating disorders were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.12% (64,120) of hospital bed days were for eating disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • Hospitalization statistics in Australia in psychiatric hospitals:
    • 39 hospital episodes in public psychiatric hospitals were for eating disorders in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 0% of hospitalisations in public psychiatric hospitals for eating disorders were single day episodes in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 100% of hospitalisations in public psychiatric hospitals for eating disorders were by public patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Hospitalisations for eating disorders at public psychiatric hospitals occurred in less than 0.1 people per 10,000 population in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 30.2 days was the mean length of stay for eating disorders in public psychiatric hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Excluding same day episodes, 30.2 days was the mean length of stay in public psychiatric hospitals for eating disorders in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)

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