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If you don’t eat properly or you have an eating disorder, can it affect your growth rate or your puberty.

Yes. Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, and overeating can affect almost all parts of a person’s life, including body development and puberty.

Many women who suffer from anorexia have these symptoms:

  • dry, scaly skin that may be yellow or gray
  • loss of muscle as well as fat
  • loss of menstrual periods and sometimes, fertility in women
  • loss of sexual desire

People who suffer from bulimia and binge-eating also experience severe physical consequences, such as weight fluctuations, swollen glands, increased risk of some cancers, and sometimes death. People who overeat may experience conditions associated with obesity, including problems with circulation, heart disease, breathing difficulties, and diabetes.

Eating disorders cause severe health risks and should be treated both medically and psychologically. For more information on eating disorders, or referrals to local support groups, contactANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) at 847-831-3438.

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