Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hypothermia due to anorexia nervosa

Hypothermia is clinically diagnosed when the body temperature is less than 35 ° C.

In anorexia nervosa, due to lowering of the basal metabolic rate, the temperature could be low. Patients with anorexia nervosa are aware of hypothermia and are less able to prevent themselves from becoming hypothermic.

These patients are also prone to hypothermia when exposed to cold weather.
Common causes for hypothermia is anorexia are low metabolic rate, poor body fat content to insulate against heat loss or protection against low environmental temperature.

Due to low body temperature the anorexic child to feel cold when everyone else is comfortable and require layers and layers of clothing to feel warm.

It is subnormal body temperature. The anorexic’s surprisingly cold hands are another tip-off to a developing eating disorder.
Hypothermia due to anorexia nervosa

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