“Mortality in Anorexia Nervosa” was an interesting article that covered the death rate of those with Anorexia Nervosa compared to the death rate of normal subjects without Anorexia Nervosa.
Listed below is his abstract. http://dx.doi.org/10.1176/ajp.152.7.1073
OBJECTIVE: The author’s goal was to shed light on the debate regarding the mortality rate over time associated with anorexia nervosa.
METHOD: He conducted a meta-analytic study using weighted linear regression to combine crude mortality proportions from 42 published studies to estimate the mortality associated with anorexia nervosa over time.
RESULTS: The crude rate of mortality due to all causes of death for subjects with anorexia nervosa in these studies was 5.9% (178 deaths in 3,006 subjects). The aggregate mortality rate was estimated to be 0.56% per year, or approximately 5.6% per decade.
CONCLUSIONS: The aggregate estimated mortality rate for subjects with anorexia nervosa is substantially greater than that reported for female psychiatric inpatients and for the general population.
The largest issue is the popularity of being thin and that fat is not attractive or even healthy. So the thinner you are the more attractive you will appear to others. Unfortunately those with Anorexia Nervosa feel that they are never thin enough and don’t understand what being healthy and eating healthy mean.
Anorexia is both mental and a physical problem so a team approach covering both is the best answer. Counseling, therapy, nutritional treatment, medical treatment in many different forms can be used for Anorexia Nervosa. There are many different participants in the treatment which includes doctors, psychologists, and dieticians. The most important person in the circle of treatment is family and friends that are needed for support of those who are ill. Not being the food police is a huge important factor that also needs to be taken into consideration so that the ill feel comfortable around them and find them as allied force not an enemy one.