Not only are eating disorders dangerous to one’s physical and mental health, but they cost U.S. companies millions of dollars. The overall medical and mental health costs to U.S. businesses in 2001 for all eating disorders combined including anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder (BED) and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS),
totals more than $3.8 billion.

“Statistics show forty percent of women with eating disorders function
poorly at work and one-third are frequently absent from work,” said Edward
Cumella, PhD, director of research and education at Remuda Ranch, Programs for Anorexia and Bulimia. “BED-related obesity in women costs businesses
approximately $2.5 billion annually in lost productivity, lost work,
restricted and bed days. Early identification and treatment can help reduce
these problems in the workplace.”