Report outlines the latest market research for eating disorder clinics in U.S.

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A new report from IBISWorld outlines the current trends in the market for eating disorder clinics as the economy recovers.

With more than 11 million Americans suffering from eating disorders, the company says, the return of failing clinics treating eating disorders (which are usually not covered by insurance) is beginning to happen.

IBISWorld estimates that the eating disorder clinics industry's revenue has grown at an average annual rate of 1.7 percent through 2013, but most of that growth is in 2013, which they estimate will show a 5.2 percent overall growth. This higher trend will continue growing, the report estimates, for the next five years.

Meanwhile, however, research into eating disorders is still flagging and the topic has never been a favorite among research science. Diseases like Alzheimer's and schizophrenia each see over $80 per affected individual in research funding annually, yet less than a dollar (about $0.93) was spent per sufferer on eating disorder research. These numbers were based on 2011 data from the National Institutes of Health.

IBISWorld predicts that over the next five years, the lowered stigmas related to eating disorders will help fuel industry demand and patient services, increasing availability as the market grows.

Source: IBISWorld


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