100 questions & answers about eating disorders by Carolyn Costin

By Carolyn Costin

Nearly three percentage of all ladies be afflicted by anorexia and as much as four percentage be afflicted by bulimia of their lifetimes. no matter if you are a newly clinically determined sufferer with an consuming sickness, or are a pal or relative of somebody being affected by an consuming illness, this publication deals aid. the one textual content to be had to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately consuming problems promises authoritative, sensible solutions in your questions. Written through knowledgeable at the topic, with

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92. Can you die from an eating disorder? Most people who suffer from an eating disorder do not die from it. However, many people do die from eating disorders. Some die from the medical complications, and others take their own life after years of ceaseless suffering. What we do know tells us that anorexia nervosa is known to be the most fatal of any psychiatric illness, with a substantial risk of death and suicide. In fact, the mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa has been reported to be 12 times higher than the death rate of all causes of death for females aged 15 to 24 years.

A few other factors I have found that contribute to successful recovery came from a survey I once conducted of former clients. I discovered that for the most part those who had recovered had 3 things in common: • They were not weighing themselves. • They were writing in a journal. • They reached out for help at the first sign of a problem. qxd:Layout 1 1 0 0 3/8/07 Q & A 12:32 PM A B O U T Page 172 E A T I N G D I S O R D E R S felt shameful, misunderstood, and irrational, as well as something I desperately needed.

However, many people do die from eating disorders. Some die from the medical complications, and others take their own life after years of ceaseless suffering. What we do know tells us that anorexia nervosa is known to be the most fatal of any psychiatric illness, with a substantial risk of death and suicide. In fact, the mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa has been reported to be 12 times higher than the death rate of all causes of death for females aged 15 to 24 years. A study reported in the International Journal of Eating Disorders in 2000 found that features correlated with fatal outcome are: longer duration of illness, binging and purging, comorbid substance abuse, and comorbid Comorbid Coexisting; in medicine and in psychiatry, comorbidity refers to (1) the presence of one or more disorders (or diseases) in addition to a primary disease or disorder and (2) the effect of such additional disorders or diseases.

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