Need for NIED


Misunderstood. Inadequately Treated. Underfunded. Devastating to Deal With. And the Deadliest of all Mental Diseases.


We Can Do Better, We Must Do Better!

An estimated 1 million Canadians would meet the diagnostic criteria for an Eating Disorder.

Eating Disorders have the highest death rate of any mental illness; 1 in 10 people with Eating Disorders die from their disorder.

Suicide is a major cause of death among individuals with Eating Disorders.

Eating Disorders are serious mental illnesses associated with significant medical complications that affect every organ system in the body.

Canadian doctors, including those in training, feel unprepared to treat patients with Eating Disorders.

Many people with an Eating Disorder never get diagnosed and suffer significant personal and family distress.

Eating Disorders are not a choice. They affect all genders, ages, racial and ethnic identities, sexual orientations and socio-economic backgrounds.

More than 1 in 5 Canadian teenagers are on a diet at any one time, putting them at risk for an Eating Disorder.

The provincial costs associated with patients who have anorexia nervosa and are on long-term disability maybe as high as $101.7 million/year. That’s 30 times the cost of all provincial specialized Eating Disorder services.

Too many Canadians suffering from Eating Disorders do not have reasonable access to timely, comprehensive and specialized care.

Early detection and intervention can result in full recovery from an Eating Disorder.

For more information and references, see the “Canadian Research on Eating Disorders” tab in our Resources section.


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