A video of a woman named Rachael Farrokh struggling with anorexia making its rounds on the internet provides a stark reminder that the majority of Americans who struggle with eating disorders never get treatment.
Of the 11 million Americans who suffer from an eating disorder, only 1 in 10 will receive treatment of some kind, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
Farrokh, 37, and her husband posted a video last month to YouTube about her anorexia, which she said she had been struggling with for a decade. As the word spread about how desperate she was for treatment, the couple started a GoFundMe page to get her to a special hospital that would treat her condition. The page has raised $168,571 in 24 days, beyond the couple’s goal of $100,000.
Farrokh has gone through several treatment programs, and her condition is more severe than most. But anorexia treatment isn’t cheap for anyone. In the U.S., the cost ranges from $500-$2,000 per day, according to the Eating Disorders Coalition. And outpatient treatment, which includes therapy and medical monitoring, can run $100,000 or more.
Even with treatment only one out of every three patients immediately recovers for good. One out of three recovers and relapses, and one out of three suffers chronic deterioration, according to the EDC.
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