Most physical symptoms associated with Anorexia Nervosa are related to malnutrition. A person may experience some or all of the following symptoms, which tend to become more severe the longer the disorder remains untreated.

  • Dry skin
  • Dry or chapped lips
  • Poor circulation resulting in pins and needles and/or purple extremities
  • Headaches
  • Brittle fingernails
  • Bruising easily
  • Frail appearance
  • Endocrine disorder leading to cessation of periods in girls (amenorrhoea)
  • Decreased libido; impotence in males
  • Reduced metabolism
  • Abnormally slow heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Hypotension
  • Hypothermia
  • Anaemia (iron deficiency)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Oedema (retention of fluid giving a “puffy” appearance)
  • Stunting of height and growth
  • Fainting
  • Abnormality of mineral and electrolyte levels
  • Thinning of the hair
  • Lanugo (growth of fine hair layer all over the body to promote warmth)
  • Constantly feeling cold
  • Zinc deficiency
  • Reduction in white blood cell count
  • Reduced immune system function
  • Pallid complexion and sunken eyes
  • Reduction of bone density which results in dry and brittle bones (osteoporosis)
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Tooth decay

Read more:

Overview of Anorexia

Psychological Effects of Anorexia

Behavioural Effects of Anorexia

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