Anorexia Nervosa - Complications

Complications & Problems of Anorexia Nervosa

The complications of Anorexia Nervosa are usually associated due to direct result of weight loss and depression.

Most of the problems that the patient faces due to Anorexia Nervosa get better when the person recovers from the condition.

It is important to seek professional help at an early stage as many of the serious medical consequences of the condition are often associated with long-term eating problems.

The complications include-

  • Increased sensitivity to cold temperatures.
  • Irregular periods.
  • Loss of body hair especially on the scalp.
  • Very low body weight can cause serious medical problems, like-
    • Poor circulation
    • Low blood pressure
    • Brittle bones that can fracture easily
    • Appearance of facial hair
    • Infertility
    • Fainting and dizziness
    • Hair loss
    • Dehydration
    • Kidney damage
    • Low body temperature
  • Certain complications like damage to bones may never improve.
  • Many patients suffering from Anorexia Nervosa die due to the condition. One of the most famous examples is the singer Karen Carpenter who had premature death suffering from the condition.
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