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Physical Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa Associated With Starvation

People who have anorexia nervosa often have other physical symptoms that result from their limited food intake or malnutrition, such as:

  • Feeling cold and having a lower-than-normal body temperature.
  • Swelling in the feet and hands.
  • Hair loss, brittle nails, and dry skin.
  • Growth of fine hair (lanugo) on the body.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Constipation, slow emptying of the stomach, and belly pain.
  • Sleep problems, hyperactivity, or extreme fatigue.
  • Difficulty concentrating and solving problems or poor judgment.
  • Fainting spells, low blood pressure, and slow heartbeat.
  • Frequent colds and other infections.
  • Yellow-orange skin, especially on the palms of the hands, or a purplish skin color on the arms and legs.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer W. Stewart Agras, MD - Psychiatry
Last Revised August 25, 2011

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: August 25, 2011
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