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What is Atypical Anorexia? How Eating Disorders Can Hide in Plain Sight

February 21, 2019
Eating disorders—atypical anorexia included—have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

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Ashley Solomon, Psy.D., the executive clinical director at Eating Recovery Center in Ohio, tells mbg that there are a host of cardiac rhythm disturbances that are directly caused by weight loss of any capacity and malnutrition. "These are undoubtedly causal in the heightened risk for sudden death seen in people with anorexia nervosa," she writes. "Despite these very serious cardiac concerns, many people with eating disorders are reluctant to get help. The disorders themselves are marked by a brain-based type of denial that can make even seeing that theres a problem very difficult. As a clinician, I find that sometimes the presence of these heart issues can help someone see just how high the
risk to their health really is."


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