HEDA received 1291 hotline enquiry calls and identified 707 cases of eating disorders from 2010 to 2015. Among those identified cases, more than 27% were bulimic cases; approximately 32% were anorexic cases. Started from 2014, Binge Eating Disorder and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) were classified based on the diagnostic criteria of DSM-V. Among those identified cases, 3% were Binge Eating Disorder and almost 38% were Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder.In addition, above 50% of them were between 16-25 years of age.
Because the Hong Kong government has not yet to have a specialized plan for eating disorders treatment, there is no official figure on the number of people suffering from eating disorders. HEDA believes that there are many cases of eating disorders of different severity levels that are unidentified. The hospitals in Hong Kong are not equipped to handle this illness which requires time-consuming counseling treatments, and consequently are unable to provide early treatment for a large number of patients who are in desperate need of help.
(The above figures are classified based on the diagnostic criteria of DSM-V)