High Suicide Rates Associated With All Forms of Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders are an incredibly complex set of conditions, due to their combination of real mental health issues, societal pressures, and physical health consequences. Even worse, eating disorders are widely underestimated as awareness efforts often neglect to acknowledge their deadliness.

The high mortality rates for individuals with eating disorders are well documented, but a new story has also found abnormally high suicide rates among people who suffer from eating disorders, according to a report published in the Journal of Eating Disorders. The study reviewed the latest literature on self-injury and suicide in reference to people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

Brain based eating disorders are considered the most deadly form of psychiatric disorder as they are linked to the highest mortality rate, and suicide is the most common cause of death among eating disorder sufferers, by far outpacing the physical consequences of improper nutrition. Suicidal behavior is also highly reported by those who have experienced an eating disorder.

Most of the research relating to suicide rates and eating disorders focused on those who had anorexia nervosaas it has a higher associated rate of death from suicide, however bulimia nervosa is linked to a higher rate of attempted and unsuccessful suicides.

This new study shows that all variations of eating disorders are deadly and should be taken seriously. Anorexia may be the most deadly according to statistics, but no matter what shape they take, eating disorders are a life-threatening disorder affecting people across all barriers of race and gender.

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