Peer Health


Effects of Common Eating Disorders

While some of these problems may be reversible, others will cause permanent damage and may lead to death.

Anorexia and Bulimia

  • Exhaustion
  • ┬áLoss of appetite
  • Growth of fine, downy hair over body
  • Yellowing, dry skin and fingernails
  • Dry brittle hair
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Amenorrhea
  • Shrinking of the internal organs
  • Infertility
  • Heart problems
  • Dementia


  • Tooth and gum damage
  • Esophageal and digestive tract problems
  • Distended abdomen
  • Callused fingers