Anorexia: Other Concerns

The malnutrition associated with anorexia can create serious medical conditions, including anemia, kidney trouble, brittle bones, and hormone and electrolyte imbalances. At worst, it can be fatal: the havoc anorexia plays with the chemical balance in the body can cause the heart to shut down without notice, even in a young woman who does not appear to be dangerously thin. And the disorder can so impair social life, family connections, and personal development that suicide is a serious risk.