The number of people struggling with eating disorders is staggering. An estimated 8 million Americans battle with eating disorders; 7 million women and 1 million men.
Nearly half of all American know someone with an eating disorder.
A study by ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) showed that eating disorders are nearly as widespread as alcohol and drug abuse in middle and high school girls.
Eating disorders have the highest premature death rate of any mental illness.
The average American woman is 5′ 4″ tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average American female model is 5′ 11″ tall and weighs 117 pounds.
Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women.
80% of American women are unhappy with their appearance. (Source: Smolak, Linda (1996): Next Door Neighbors/Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention)