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Almost half of people who have
anorexia nervosa will eventually develop symptoms
(binge-purge behaviors) of another eating disorder called
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 8 out of 100 people who have anorexia will eventually die
from complications of malnutrition or from suicide.3
But restoring healthy eating habits and good nutrition may reverse many of
the complications of anorexia.
Agras WS (2008). The eating disorders. In DC
Dale, DD Federman, eds., ACP Medicine, section 13, chap.
9. Hamilton, ON: BC Decker.
Sigel EJ (2011). Eating disorders. In WW Hay et al., eds., Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Pediatrics, 20th ed., pp. 159–170. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Franko DL, et al. (2013). A longitudinal investigation of mortality in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. American Journal of Psychiatry. Published online August 1, 2013 (doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2013.12070868).
Current as of:
August 27, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& W. Stewart Agras, MD, FRCPC - Psychiatry
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