Anorexia Health Risks

The health risks associated with anorexia (low body weight and prolonged starvation) are serious and potentially lethal. The most serious health risk of anorexia is increased mortality rate; anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

Other anorexia health risks include:

  • Cardiac complications (ranging from irregular heart rhythms to heart failure)
  • Heart, kidney and liver failure
  • Bone loss/osteoporosis
  • Anemia
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Low blood sugar
  • Constipation, bloating and other gastrointestinal issues
  • Amenorrhea (loss of menses in women)
  • Fertility challenges
  • Low testosterone (in males)
  • Suicide

Please call us before the health risks become life-threatening

If you or someone you know is struggling with anorexia symptoms, we urge you to seek help immediately. There can be far-reaching health consequences, including the potential of dying. Professional help for anorexia may be necessary. 

There is hope. When individuals seek specialized treatment for anorexia, a full and complete recovery is possible. 

Learn about our hospitalization program for severe eating disorders and health risks in this helpful video:

Please call us at 877-825-8584 to schedule a free confidential consultation with an Eating Recovery Center Masters-level clinician.

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