According to a recently published study by the University of Loughborough in the UK, people who suffer from eating disorders, anorexia (loss or loss of appetite) or bulimia (a constant feeling of hunger, often resulting in overeating) have a higher mortality rate.
Researchers conducted a retrospective analysis of about three dozen studies conducted between 1966 and 2010 in which more than 17,000 people with eating disorders participated and found that people who suffer from anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders have a higher mortality rate than people with a healthy attitude to food. Based on these studies, it was concluded that in people with anorexia the probability of dying is 5 times greater, and, based on the facts studied, 1 out of every 5 deaths were associated with suicide.
Over the past decade, research has shown that hospitalization of children under the age of 12 with regard to eating disorders has doubled, including cases of severe anorexia and bulimia.
This is due to the fact that people with anorexia have a distorted image of their own body, and even when they are very thin, they still find themselves overweight. This becomes an obsession, they refuse to eat, which sometimes leads to dangerous weight loss and even death from malnutrition. Other problems that lead to anorexia nervosa are disruption of the heart and other vital organs, low blood pressure, slowed heart rate, constipation, abdominal pain, loss of muscle mass, hair loss, sensitivity to cold.
As a rule, an eating disorder begins with the fact that a person is worried about being overweight and thinks about how he eats. But this is more of a psychological problem since such people use food and control over their use to compensate for feelings and emotions that are inaccessible to them. Treatment should be comprehensive because you need to heal not only the body but also the mind, you need to work on changing the way of life, habits, behavior in general. For complete recovery, you need to sort out the accumulated problems and change your lifestyle.