Malnutrition subsequent to self-starvation leads to protein deficiency and disruption of multiple organ systems, including the cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, neurologic, endocrine, integumentary, hematologic, and reproductive systems.
The department of health & children estimates that up to 200,000 people in Ireland may be affected by eating disorders.An estimated 400 new cases emerge each year, representing 80 deaths annually. 11.5% of all admissions for under 18s to Irish psychiatric units and hospitals had a primary diagnosis of eating disorders. Females accounted for 92% of all admissions of those affected by eating disorders.
Since anorexia involves both mind and body, a team approach to treatment is often best. Those who may be involved in anorexia treatment include medical doctors, psychologists, counselors, and dieticians.