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A “Prevalence vs Funding” Comparison Study Shows Inadequate Funding For Eating Disorder Research

With 30 million people in the US alone suffering, why is there such limited funding for Eating Disorder Research?

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 30 million people in the US are currently suffering with an Eating Disorder.

30 million!!!

… and that is just based on data from reported cases! What of those who chose not to report their disorder? Or worse, are still in denial? 

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“Research dollars spent on Alzheimer’s Disease averaged $88 per affected individual in 2011. For Schizophrenia the amount was $81. For Autism $44. For eating disorders the average amount of research dollars per affected individual was just $0.93. (National Institutes of Health, 2011)” – NEDA, NationalEatingDisorders.org

Prevalence vs. Funding

Data Provided by The National Eating Disorder Association

Alzheimer’s Disease – 5.1 million affected – $450,000,000 NIH Research Funds

Autism – 3.6 million affected – $160,000,000 NIH Research Funds

Schizophrenia – 3.4 million affected – $276,000,000 NIH Research Funds

Eating Disorders – 30 million affected – $28,000,000 NIH Research Funds

HOWEVER…

National Survey Shows Public Understands Eating Disorders Are Serious Illnesses

Data Provided by The National Eating Disorder Association

“In August of 2010, American Viewpoint (a nationally recognized public opinion research company) conducted a telephone survey of American adults for the National Eating Disorders Association. The national survey shows an increased public awareness of eating disorders and a shift in how eating disorders are viewed.
The survey polled a nationwide sample of one thousand adults in the United States. Among the findings were the following…” – NEDA, NationalEatingDisorders.org

  • 82% percent of respondents believe that eating disorders are a physical or mental xinfo_1-pagespeed-ic-ctzgergvywillness and should be treated as such, with just 12% believing they are related to vanity.
  • 85% of the respondents believe that eating disorders deserve coverage by insurance companies just like any other illness.
  • 86% favor schools providing information about eating disorders to students and parents.
  • 80% believe conducting more research on the causes and most effective treatments would reduce or prevent eating disorders.
  • 70% believe encouraging the media and advertisers to use more average sized people in their advertising campaigns would reduce or prevent eating disorders.

SO MY QUESTION IS THIS

bulimia-nervosaIf America has recognized Eating Disorders as a serious illness, why is it still not receiving adequate funding for research?

Is it just not serious enough?

Eating Disorders are the number one killer of all mental illnesses!

…. but its still just not serious enough?

I encourage comments below! xoxo – The Frozen Orange Society

 

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