Now I’m sure you all know that Anorexia Nervosa is a very serious illness. In fact it kills 20% of people that are diagnosed with it. So yes, 1 in 5 people diagnosed with Anorexia will die. Scary.
However me and Anna are living proof of the 80% of people who do survive and beat this shitty illness. I’ve had anorexia for over 2 years now and I’m already suffering from some of the physical health consequences that can occur. Some of the physical health effects are:
● Osteoporosis (brittle bone disease)
This is where the bone density reduces, leaving the sufferer prone to incredibly painful fractures and loss of height. It is common in eating disorders because dangerous eating patterns normally develop during the teenage years when our bones are growing and reaching peak strength.
When a woman’s body fat amount drops dramatically then they no longer produce oestrogen which is necessary to stimulate ovulation. When recovered most people do get their periods back but if anorexia is left untreated for a long time then they may not come back, leaving the sufferer infertile.
● Heart problems.
In severe cases of Anorexia the heart is often damaged as there isn’t enough body fat to protect it. Anaemia, which weakens the blood, can develop and there is commonly poor circulation. This means that the heart is unable to pump blood effectively – this can lead to heart failure.
● Severe dehydration.
Lack of fluids entering the body over a long period of time can ultimately result in kidney failure.
As you can see, there are many health risks associated with eating disorders which is why recovery is vital. These are just the most extreme consequences but there are so many more effects than this.
However we need to learn to love our bodies not only for our health but also because we are beautiful just the way we are. We are all perfectly imperfect.
Stay strong beauts,