Health consequences of anorexia

Because anorexia deprives the body of essential calories, vitamins and nutrients that the body needs in order to function properly, the body’s normal functions slow down. This can results in:

  • Slowed heart rate
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Possible heart failure
  • Loss of bone density
  • Muscle weakness and muscle loss
  • Dehydration
  • Overall feeling of weakness, tiredness and light-headedness/fainting
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Growth of a thin film of hair all over the body called lanugo

Health consequences of bulimia

 

Because bulimia is a cycle of binging and purging, the body becomes imbalanced which affects the digestive tract, electrolytes and chemicals that can affect the function of major organs. This can results in:

  • Irregular heartbeats and possibly heart failure
  • Rupture of the stomach due to binging
  • Inflammation of the throat and esophagus from purging
  • Tooth decay from the stomach acids from purging
  • Irregular bowl movements and constipation
  • Peptic ulcers and pancreatitis

Health consequences of binge eating & compulsive overeating

Binge eating and compulsive overeating can often have the same health effects as obesity. This can results in:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Type II diabetes
  • Gallbladder disease

Common Medical Complaints

These are a list of common medical conditions associated with eating disorders.

  • acid reflux
  • constipation
  • loss of menstrual cycle
  • dry and yellow skin
  • feeling cold
  • slowness of thought
  • erosion of the teeth and gums
  • hemorrhoids
  • osteopenia/osteoporosis
  • stunted growth in adolescents
  • infertility
  • hearth rhythm abnormalities
  • heart attacks/strokes
  • electrolyte abnormalities
  • abnormal liver functions
  • anemia
  • decreased estrogen or testosterone
  • elevated cholesterol
  • abnormal blood pressure
  • shrinkage of the brain

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