Suffering from any kind of eating disorder is terrible and can cause serious health problems. But for those suffering from anorexia and bulimia, new research has found that eating disorders can significantly shorten life span as well.
Published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers found that having anorexia can increase the risk of death fivefold, and people with bulimia or other nonspecified eating disorders are almost twice as likely to die as people without an eating disorder. While the causes of death in the study weren't clear, researchers say that one in five of those suffering from anorexia committed suicide. Eating disorders also play a role on the physical and mental body, which negatively affects health, according to the eating disorder study. Eating disorders have also been linked to osteoporosis, infertility, kidney damage and body hair growth.
If you or someone you know suffers from an eating disorder or disordered eating, seeking treatment early is key. Check out the National Eating Disorder Association for help.