There are an estimated 8 million people in the US alone diagnosed with an eating disorder. Only one in ten people diagnosed will ever get the treatment they truly need to recover. Most insurance companies are not willing to help pay for treatment because they are not taking eating disorders seriously enough to classify them as a mental illness. On average, it costs $30,000 a month for 3-6 months in an inpatient hospital to get treatment. For outpatient, it's not uncommon for it to cost around $100,000 total. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, so why aren't the insurance companies willing to pay and why are they taken so lightly? It's time that people start paying attention and realize how serious they are and how deadly they can be. Stay Strong Awareness is here to try and make some changes.