Eating disorders - What risks and complications can eating disorders cause?
What risks and complications can eating disorders cause?
Physical effects often improve when you recover from an eating disorder but there is a risk of long-term damage.
People with anorexia can develop weak bones. You can become unable to have a child (infertile). People who have very bad anorexia can die. This is less likely if you stay in touch with medical professionals. You should try not to let your heart and other organs get damaged. The other complications caused by anorexia will improve when you are eating again.
People with bulimia can have problems with their teeth. This is because vomiting a lot can cause stomach acid. This can damage teeth enamel and lead to tooth decay. Someone with bulimia may have bowel problems from using laxatives. You may also have heart problems.
Binge eating disorder
You may gain weight and become obese. This could lead to high cholesterol and high blood pressure. This increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, diabetes and swelling in your joints (osteoarthritis). You are also more likely to get some types of cancer including breast cancer and bowel cancer.
It may be useful to talk to your doctor about any steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing long-term problems.
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