Health consequences of anorexia

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 result in:

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

Health consequences of bulimia

Eating Disorder Health ConsequencesBulimia 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 result in:


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

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

Numerous medical conditions are associated with eating disorders. Below is a list of the most common medical complaints reported and diagnosed in individuals 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


Each individual is unique as are their life circumstances. The eating disorder program at our center takes this into account. We provide individual therapy sessions, group therapy and family therapy as well as nutritional counseling and mind/body therapy sessions.