11 Jul '11, 3am

People with eating disorders are more likely to die earlier compared to those without disorders: Study

People with eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia are more likely to die earlier than those without those disorders, a study said. -- ST FILE PHOTO: TERENCE TAN NEW YORK - ANOREXIA increases a patient's risk of death fivefold, and people with bulimia or another nonspecified eating disorder also face an increased risk of death - about twice as likely to die as people without those disorders, a study said. The cause of deaths wasn't always clear, but among anorexics who died, one in five was a suicide. The other deaths were attributed to the eating disorders' brutal effects on the body over time, researchers wrote in Archives of General Psychiatry. 'Of course, eating disorders have serious physical consequences,' said lead author Jon Arcelus, of Loughborough University in the UK. 'The study could not identify how people died, but there is no doubt that the reasons beh...

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