If anorexia nervosa is not treated, the condition can lead to a number of serious health problems.
If anorexia nervosa isn't treated, it can lead to a number of serious health problems.
In some cases, the condition can even be fatal.
Other health problems
Long-term anorexia can lead to severe complications and health problems, often as a result of malnutrition. Some complications may improve as the condition is treated, but others can be permanent.
Health problems associated with anorexia include:
Some people with anorexia develop another eating disorder called bulimia nervosa. This is where a person binge eats and then immediately makes themselves sick, or uses laxatives to rid their body of the food.
If you have anorexia and are pregnant, you'll need to be closely monitored during pregnancy and after you've given birth.
Anorexia during pregnancy can increase the risk of problems such as:
You're also likely to need extra care and support during pregnancy if you previously had anorexia and recovered from it.