Eating Disorders Lead to Early Death

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A new study has found that people with eating disorders die sooner than people who do not have such issues.

Reuters Health reports that the study out of Loughborough University in the United Kingdom finds that anorexia is particularly troublesome -- anorexics are five-times more likely to die an early death.

People suffering from bulimia and other eating disorders are twice as likely to die earlier in life.

Researchers did not look at the exact causes of death.

"The study could not identify how people died, but there is no doubt that the reasons behind this are related to the physical problems of the illness," lead author Jon Arcelus said in an email. "Of course, eating disorders have serious physical consequences"

Twenty percent of the anorexia-related deaths were from suicides. The others were attributed to the brutal effects the eating disorder has on the body.

The researchers analyzed 36 studies conducted between 1966 and 2010 involving 17,000 people with eating disorders, 755 of whom had died.

The study was published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry.

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