Eating Disorders Are Fatal Mental Health Conditions

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders has cited that someone dies of an eating disorder every 62 minutes. Just over an hour at a time, someone is losing their life as a direct result of living with an eating disorder. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa are fatal. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental health condition.

Many of the side effects as well as symptoms of eating disorders contribute to the high mortality rate. Eating disorders can cause severe malnourishment, heart complications, and organ complications. People who regularly experience starvation, restriction, binge eating, and purging can experience a heart attack or organ failure. Eating disorders are mental health disorders that have an extreme effect on the body. However, they are still mental health disorders, and it is the complications of mental health which contributes to eating disorders’ high mortality rate.


Sadly, the number one cause of death in eating disorders is suicide.

If you are struggling with an eating disorder and experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 or the National Eating Disorders Hotline 1-800-931-2237.


Eating disorders are debilitating disorders. Over time, those who are struggling with eating disorders lose more than their self-esteem, their health, and their wellness. A severe eating disorder makes it difficult to eat normally, which makes participating in other areas of life a challenge. Eating disorders take away the ability to live life fully, which creates an isolating and depressing experience. All it would take is a change in behavior to create better health. For those living with eating disorders who are unwilling to change their behaviors and recover, it is not that simple. Living deep within the brain, eating disorders are complicated mental health conditions. Part learning, part behavioral, eating disorders can act like addictions of a most ruthless caliber. The system of pleasure and reward in eating disorders is centered in severely self-harming behaviors, which are rooted in fear. These systems can take control of someone’s life. Though some studies have indicated that eating disorders have high rates of recovery, it can take a long time for that recovery to become consistent.


Problematically, eating disorders can be co-occurring with substance use disorders as a way to self-medicate, maintain control of body image, and cope with the painful feelings of living with an eating disorder.

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