Health Consequences of Eating Disorders

It is a common misconception that eating disorders are just phases that people go through.  People with eating disorders should seek professional help as early as possible to avoid serious resulting health issues. People who suffer from anorexia are in danger of dehydration, kidney failure, and heart failure, to name a few of the risks. People who suffer from bulimia are in danger of ruptured esophagus, tooth decay, and heart failure. People who suffer from binge eating are at risk for obesity, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease and secondary diabetes.

Key Points:

  • 1In anorexia nervosa’s cycle of self-starvation, the body is denied the essential nutrients it needs to function normally
  • 2Cycles of bulimia can affect the entire digestive system and can lead to electrolyte and chemical imbalances in the body
  • 3Binge eating disorder often results in many of the same health risks associated with clinical obesity including- High blood pressure, High cholesterol levels

“A mental health professional experienced in the treatment of eating disorders can help a person learn to develop new eating skills that help the person maintain a healthy weight, while also teaching a person how to nurture a healthier body image and relationship to their own body.”

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