Health Risks of Anorexia

Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness

The most serious health risk of anorexia is an increased mortality rate. Other health risks associated with anorexia are also very serious, including:

  • 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

Seek help before anorexia health risks become life-threatening

If you or someone you know is struggling with anorexia, we urge you to seek help immediately. Professional help for anorexia offers individuals the best chance for a full and complete recovery.

If you or a loved one need help for an eating disorder, 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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