A new study, surveying LGBTI youth in the United States has found that the majority of those questioned have been diagnosed with an eating disorder.
The disturbing and worrying results were part of a new national survey, designed to better understand how LGBTI youth are affected by eating disorders and was conducted by The Trevor Project, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and Reasons Eating Disorder Center.
The results highlight the growing need for increased support for this community, say the groups.
Of the LGBTI youth surveyed, 54% of the participants indicated that they had already been diagnosed with an eating disorder, and of those diagnosed with an eating disorder, 88% have considered suicide.
“We were stunned by these results,” says, Amit Paley, The Trevor Project’s CEO and Executive Director.
“We need to do far more to help the alarming number of LGBTQ youth living with eating disorders and struggling with thoughts of suicide.”
The first-of-its-kind survey included a sample of 1,305 self-identified LGBTI youth who were aged between 13 and 24 from across the United States.
Key Statistics From the Report:
- 54% of LGBTI youth respondents reported having been diagnosed with an eating disorder compared to 5% of the heterosexual peers.
- Trans-youth who identify as straight are the most at risk, with 71% of those having been diagnosed with an eating disorder, anorexia being the most common.
- A dangerous overlap in the consideration of suicide and eating disorders has been uncovered, with 58% of LGBTI youth respondents who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder having considered suicide.
“The results make it clear that troubling numbers of LGBTQ youth are affected by eating disorders and self-harm,” said Claire Mysko, CEO of NEDA.
“It’s time to get real about these issues and ensure that everyone has access to the support they deserve.”
Last Updated on Mar 7, 2018