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Almost half of 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:2
If left untreated, many of these conditions
can lead to death. Up to 15 out of 100 people who have anorexia will eventually die
from complications of malnutrition or from suicide.1
But restoring healthy eating habits and good nutrition may reverse many of
the complications of anorexia.
Agras WS (2008). The eating disorders. In DC
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Sigel EJ (2011). Eating disorders. In WW Hay et al., eds., Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Pediatrics, 20th ed., pp. 159–170. New York: McGraw-Hill.
August 25, 2011
Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine & W. Stewart Agras, MD - Psychiatry
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