Long-term or severe anorexia also can cause serious medical complications, such as:2
If left untreated, many of these conditions can lead to death. Up to 15 out of 100 people who have anorexia will eventually die from complications of malnutrition or from suicide.1 But restoring healthy eating habits and good nutrition can reverse many of the complications of anorexia.3
- Agras WS (2008). The eating disorders. In DC Dale, DD Federman, eds., ACP Medicine, section 13, chap. 9. Hamilton, ON: BC Decker.
- Halmi KA (2008). Eating disorders: Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and obesity. In RE Hales et al., eds., Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry, 5th ed., pp. 971–977. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing.
- Fairburn CG, Harrison PJ (2003). Eating disorders. Lancet, 361(9355): 407–416.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||W. Stewart Agras, MD - Psychiatry|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine|
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