Anemia is a blood disorder that has several causes. In anemia the number of red cells (oxygen carrying cells) in the blood stream is decreased. Cause of anemia in eating disorders include iron deficiency and bone marrow hypoplasia. It is a common complication of the restrictive eating and purging behaviors of eating disorders.  Anemia leads to hypoxia, a reduction in available oxygen to tissues and organs throughout the body.  Symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, increased infections, and heart palpitations (see Cardiac arrhythmias)

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