If someone is developing anorexia, often changes in behaviour are noticeable before changes to physical appearance Signs include:
Anorexia is a mental illness, and you might notice changes in the way you or someone you know feels before physical symptoms become obvious. Psychological signs include:
Starvation affects all the body’s organs, including the brain and muscle tissue. People with anorexia nervosa often experience physical signs of starvation, which may include:
Like any eating disorder, anorexia can have long-term physical effects, some of which may be permanent, including:
Most seriously, anorexia can be fatal if not treated in time. However, many physical effects of anorexia are reversible or can be prevented from worsening, and eating disorders are treatable, with full recovery possible.
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