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Many people who have
anorexia nervosa will eventually develop symptoms
(binge-purge behaviors) of another eating disorder called
Long-term or severe anorexia also can cause
serious medical complications, such as:footnote 1
If left untreated, many of these conditions
can lead to death. Some people may eventually die from complications of malnutrition or from suicide.
But restoring healthy eating habits and good nutrition may reverse many of
the complications of anorexia.
Sigel EJ (2012). Eating disorders. In WW Hay Jr et al., eds., Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Pediatrics, 21st ed., pp. 167-178. New York: McGraw-Hill.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerW. Stewart Agras, MD, FRCPC - Psychiatry
Current as ofMay 3, 2017
Current as of:
May 3, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & W. Stewart Agras, MD, FRCPC - Psychiatry
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