Osteoporosis in Anorexia Nervosa

April 07, 1999

Published By ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders

Osteoporosis, the loss of bone mineral density, is an important complication of anorexia nervosa. Often, the progressive diminution in skeletal integrity results in an irreversible weakening of bones despite recovery from anorexia nervosa. This can ultimately result in painful fractures in the spine and hip. Preventive therapy as well as medicinal interventions are available to stop the inexorable loss of bone mass associated with anorexia nervosa. Early diagnosis must be emphasized because of the serious health implications of osteoporosis.

Read the full article in Eating Disorders: The Journal of Prevention and Treatment.


  1. Mehler Philip S. 'Osteoporosis in Anorexia Nervosa.' Eating Disorders: Journal of Prevention and Treatment 7:143-147, 1999. DOI: 10.1080/10640269908251192