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
- Electrolyte imbalances
- Low blood sugar
- Constipation, bloating and other gastrointestinal issues
- Amenorrhea (loss of menses in women)
- Fertility challenges
- Low testosterone (in males)
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.