dO NOT WEIGH YOUR SELF-ESTEEM ON A SCALE

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DANGERS OF AN EATING DISORDER

There are many dangers that can occur with an eating disorder.  Some are obvious, but many are not easily detectable without a thorough physical exam, including blood work and consultation with a physician experienced in treating eating disorders.  In addition, while a person may feel reasonably well and even have good blood work that recently came back from a doctor, things can turn on a dime.  It's important not to assume because a person feels well or can't point to a list of ongoing symptoms, that they are not in any danger.


  • Malnutrition

  • Dehydration

  • Vitamin & Mineral Deficiency

  • High or low blood pressure

  • Dizziness, light-headedness, fainting

  • Loss of hair

  • Dry skin, brittle nails

  • Heart attack

  • Stroke

  • Electrolyte imbalances

  • Diabetes

  • Lanugo (soft body hair that develops in an attempt to keep an underweight body warm)

  • Tearing of esophagus

  • Muscle atrophy

  • Indigestion

  • Gastric rupture

  • Paralysis

  • Insomnia, irregular sleeping habits

  • Pale or grey skin

  • Swelling

  • Ulcers

  • Seizures

  • Easily bruising skin

  • Dental problems

  • Infertility

  • Risk to unborn baby during pregnancy

  • Irregular or loss of menstrual cycle

  • Incontinence or constipation

  • Depression, anxiety, mood swings

  • Feeling suicidal, acting on suicidal urges