Physical Effects of Eating Disorders

Skin

  • Dryness
  • Fine Rash
  • Pimples
  • Dehydration
  • Reduced fluid intake Excessive fluid elimination
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Laxative abuse

Salivary Glands

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Possible Infection
  • Frequent vomiting

Constipation

  • Insufficient material
  • Insufficient fluid
  • Failure to take in or retain sufficient food and fluid

EDEMA

  • Water retention
  • Swelling and puffiness more frequently ankles and feet
  • Electrolyte imbalance? Perhaps general systems problems
  • Malnutrition
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Excessive laxatives or diuretics

Bloating

  • Swelling over stomach or abdominal area
  • Electrolyte imbalance?
  • Time required for body system to adjust?
  • Long periods of starvation and probable excessive vomiting, laxatives or diuretics

Abdominal Pain

  • Peptides? Hunger pangs?
  • Failure to identify hunger?
  • Emotional attitudes?
  • Insufficient Intake

Feeling of Fullness?Emptimess 

Fear?

  • Emotional attitudes

Teeth

  • Frequent caries
  • Frequent caries plus erosion of enamel
  • Inadequate diet
  • Frequent vomiting or regurgitation. Diet limited to citrus fruits, abnormal carbohydrate intake

Amenhorrhea

  • No menstrual period
  • Inability to produce hormones
  • Lack of body fat. Rigorous athletic training, emotional attitudes, sometimes gorging/purging