Anorexia is a serious disorder and should not be taken lightly. It has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder, with the potential to result in many severe health consequences.
Physical Complications Resulting from Anorexia
Physical complications include:
Cardiac complications, low or abnormal heart rate
Low body temperature
Low blood pressure
Osteoporosis, reduction of bone density
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Gastrointestinal problems, such as constipation, bloating and nausea
For women, amenorrhea (suppression of menstrual cycle) and fertility issues
Dry skin and hair loss
When a person with anorexia becomes severely malnourished, every organ in the body can be damaged, including the brain, heart and kidneys. This damage may not be fully reversible in some cases.
Anorexia and Co-occurring Disorders
In addition to the host of physical complications, individuals with anorexia also commonly have other mental health issues, including:
Depression, anxiety and other mood disorders
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Alcohol and substance abuse
Visit our main anorexia information page to learn more about anorexia or read our blog posts about anorexia to learn more about anorexia symptoms, treatment and more.
If You Are Ready to Regain Your Life, Walden Can Help.
If you are concerned that you – or a loved one – may have an eating disorder, we are here to help. Please call 888-305-2997 to speak with a Walden eating disorders intake specialist, or complete the form on this page, to start the road to recovery.