They will get worse, though, the longer the disease continues.
As the disease progresses, more serious problems result, such as low blood pressure (hypotension), slow heartbeat (brachycardia), irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), electrolyte imbalances, skin disorders, and stomach ulcers.
Things like osteoporosis (bone loss), liver disease, kidney disease, a weakened heart muscle, and infertility may result. These can also be very serious, and they must be addressed if recovery is to occur. It can be a “which came first, the chicken or the egg” type of thing. They experience feelings of worthlessness (which is also a symptom of depression).
Did they develop anorexia because they were depressed, or did they become depressed because they are anorexic? The depression will usually get worse as the disease advances, though. They often develop other self-destructive behaviors, such as self-mutilation.
Not everyone understands self-mutilation, and an inexperienced treatment provider could end up doing more harm than good.
People with anorexia often withdraw from social situations, particularly those involving food.
The signs of a compulsive eater include eating meals frequently, rapidly, and secretly.
This person might also snack and nibble all day long.
Females are trying diets and are exercising like it is a competition to see who can lose the most weight the quickest.
The obsession of many young girls over their appearance or weight has led to a growing number of people who have developed an eating disorder to try to deal with their lack of self-esteem or other related problems. Personal Counseling & Resources says that eating disorders "are characterized by a focus on body shape, weight, fat, food, and perfectionism and by feelings of powerlessness and low self-esteem." Three of the most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating or compulsive eating disorder.