What Damage Does Anorexia Nervosa Cause To The Body?


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Hypothyroidism: Body stops producing thyroid hormone, slows metabolism.
Brittle hair, hair loss, tooth loss
orthostasis: When you feel faint, due to lack of blood pressure in your brain. Leads to falling. Should also be mentioned that lack of blood pressure leads to fainting.
Osteoporosis: Brittle bones, when your bones stop growing, begin shrinking. Common in post-menopause women.
High cholesterol
muscles wear out, break down
liver malfunction
heart palpitations: Heartbeat abnormalities
heart disease
amenorrhea: Loss of your period. Due to lack of nutrients, reproductive system one of the first systems to get cut off, least vital.
Lack of nutrients causes blood to go to only the most vital organs, making the extremities very sensitive. They always feel cold, get "pins and needles" very often.
Easy to bruise skin, break bones. Takes a longer time to heal.
Body covered in lanugo- small, fur-like hairs to keep body warm.
Easier to get cramps
veins shrivel due to loss in blood flow.

Mentally, anorexics are more prone to insomnia, anxiety, depression, stress, more irritable, and often suicide.

The disease is serious. Don't fall into it, and try to help someone if you know they're in its grasp.
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Thanks for the information on how anorexia increase long term bone damage. It is a very serious eating disorder that should be identified at an early phase. I learned on that anorexia also damages the heart. Read more about it on
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Julii Brainard answered
Being severely underweight and malnourished long-term can do a lot of harm to the body.

Cardiac stress, as evinced by slow heart rate and hypotension (too low blood pressure). Starving people lose muscle mass, and the heart is a muscle like any other. Damage to the heart is what ultimately killed the singer (and anorexia sufferer) Karen Carpenter.

Reduction in immune system function, anorexics are much more prone to all kinds of infections.

Endocrine (hormonal) disorders. Anorexics often don't menstruate. This disrupts the mechanisms for calcium storage in bones and may lead to loss of bone density (thus increased risk of osteoporosis later in life). Bone density in the western world women usually reaches its peak during adolescence, the same age when anorexia is most common.

Electrolyte levels in the body are disturbed. This can lead to kidney damage in the long run.

Nerve deterioration occurs in the most severe cases, as manifested by problems in mobility.
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Mary Wickham answered
I was diagnosed with Anorexia when I  was 11 yrs old I am now is not good on the body I almost died twice...what helped me was not knowing how much I weigh...and this still works,Now I am a mother of 2 girls although I am still diagnosed with Anorexia I feel healthier and my Dr says finally look better, Not knowing how much I weighed helped.....
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It can kill you and kill all you organs
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Anorexia nervosa resulting damage?

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