It’s long been known that eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are associated with other challenging health issues. Heart problems, osteoporosis, tooth decay, esophageal damage, pancreatitis and kidney failure, among many things, have been linked with eating disorders.
But now a new study has associated the conditions with long-term negative economic consequences, including lower earnings.
While I worry some will get self conscious, I hope this news reinforces the severity of eating disorders and that pursuing treatment is in a sufferers best interest.
If you read into the study, they discuss a bit about how people with eating disorders tend to be much higher on the “perfectionist” type spectrum than most. Some of what may account for the difference between men and women is that because of society, etc, that perfectionism manifests differently in men versus women. Still, it’d have been nice if the sample had the same number of men as women.