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Why We Need to Talk About Anorexia When We Discuss Suicide Prevention

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Anorexia nervosa can be fatal — 10% of people living with anorexia die from the mental illness. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental health condition — which can be terrifying knowledge for people with eating disorders — but there’s very little discussion about why so many people with anorexia pass away.

At first glance, the high mortality rate for people with anorexia nervosa may seem simple to explain — people who aren’t fully nourishing their bodies for long periods of time may be at risk of injury, illness, or death.

But even though many people with anorexia do pass away because of the physical effects of their symptoms, a surprisingly large amount die by suicide too.

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