- 20 percent of adults overcome their eating disorder, compared with an 80 percent recovery rate among adolescents.
There are also no researched, effective treatments for adults, in part due to the chronicity, as well as the difficulties in compelling a loved one into treatment for long enough to reach a stable, healthy weight.
In the book "Hunger: An Unnatural History," a famine relief worker said that malnutrition in children is always easier to treat than in adults. Part of it is, he says, the greater resilience of young bodies. But the other part is the simple power of a mother urging her child to eat.
Other statistics from the story:
- 80 percent of eating disorders start out as diets.
- Ten million women in the U.S. have an eating disorder, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.
- 79 percent of deaths from anorexia occur in people who are over the age of 45.