What is re-feeding syndrome?
There are several serious complications that can occur when someone with anorexia is re-fed. This is known as re-feeding syndrome. It occurs because of shifts in fluids and electrolytes in the body when food is reintroduced in someone who is severely malnourished. These shifts can overwhelm the body's metabolism and in severe cases result in death. The risk of re-feeding syndrome developing may be reduced if it is started with a low level of energy replacement.