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It is vital that all patients presenting with an eating disorder are assessed in terms of their psychiatric risk (suicidal ideation and deliberate self-harm behaviours), given the increased risk of self-harm and/or suicide in patients with eating disorders. Patients with eating disorders often suffer cognitive impairment due to malnourishment and can experience significant levels of distress and hopelessness regarding their illness.

Eating disorders (AN) have the highest risk of death of all psychiatric illnesses, due to both risk of suicide and the associated physical/medical consequences of the disorder.

Statistics show that 1 in 5 individuals with anorexia nervosa who died prematurely had committed suicide.

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