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A 30-year-old member asked:

How do binge-eating disorder, anorexia and bulimia nervosa affect the lifespan?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Eating DO: Depends on severity and if treatment is saught early.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
Chronic: Binge eating can lead to overweight, obesity, and related disorders, e.g. Diabetes, high lipids, hypertension, etc. Bulimia can cause dental, sinus, gastrointestinal, kidney issues. Electrolyte abn. Can cause (fatal) rhythm disturbances. Anorexia nervosa can cause arrythmias, kidney problems, etc.- can be fatal (karen carpenter ring a bell?) all can cause additional emotional issues.
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Erodes teeth too.: Among many other serious consequences, it can also wreak havoc on the teeth causing acid erosion. Nutrition suffers making the general health even worse. Psychologically, loss of attractive appearance perpetuates the cycle. It all adds up to a shortened, less healthy and fulfilled lifespan.
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Greatly: Untreated or under treated, eating disorders as a whole have up to a 25% mortality rate. That means that eating disorders can be deadly. Studies show treatment helps, and the more treatment, the lower the risk of complications and death.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I have anorexia and binge eating disorder and bulemia?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Yes: Some people have all three. If you are doing a bit of all three, call a facility that treats eating disorders and get help asap. It can be treated, but if it goes on for too long some damage can be irreversible. Do not wait, get help!

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