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What can happen if you don't treat anorexia nervosa?

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Untreated, anorexia nervosa can lead to:

  • Damaged organs, especially the heart, brain, and kidneys
  • Drop in blood pressure, pulse, and breathing rates
  • Loss of hair
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Thinning of bones (osteoporosis)
  • Fluid-electrolyte imbalance
  • Death from starvation or suicide

From: Anorexia Nervosa WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Eating Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Eating Disorders."

Mayo Clinic: "Anorexia nervosa."

womenshealth.gov: "Eating Disorders."

National Eating Disorders Association: "What's Going on With Me?"

National Eating Disorders Association: "Seeking Treatment: What Does Treatment Involve?"

MedlinePlus: "Anorexia nervosa."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Eating Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Eating Disorders."

Mayo Clinic: "Anorexia nervosa."

womenshealth.gov: "Eating Disorders."

National Eating Disorders Association: "What's Going on With Me?"

National Eating Disorders Association: "Seeking Treatment: What Does Treatment Involve?"

MedlinePlus: "Anorexia nervosa."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 12, 2018

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