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Num­bers of suf­fer­ers with eat­ing dis­or­ders in the UAE – and across the globe – are un­known due to the se­cre­tive na­ture of the ill­ness. But it is es­ti­mated only one in 10 suf­fer­ers seek treat­ment.

An es­ti­mated 80 to 95 per cent of suf­fer­ers are fe­male.

A 2012 survey done at Al Ain Univer­sity found 1.8 per cent of 900 girls ques­tioned were anorexic.

If eat­ing dis­or­ders are cat­e­gorised as a men­tal health is­sue, they have the high­est mor­tal­ity rates of all men­tal ill­nesses.

Some 86 per cent of all eat­ing dis­or­ders can be traced back to teenage years, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Anorexia Ner­vosa and As­so­ci­ated Dis­or­ders.

Re­search in the US found 20 per cent of all known anorexia cases led to pre­ma­ture death caused by com­pli­ca­tions re­lated to their eat­ing disorder, in­clud­ing sui­cide and heart prob­lems.

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