Peaches Geldof’s cause of death deemed unknown as friends speculate about eating disorder

Peaches Geldof Cause of Death

Peaches Geldof’s cause of death is still a mystery as an autopsy of her body has proven inconclusive.

According to London police, the 25-year-old mother’s death is being treated as “non-suspicious” but unexplained and sudden. Although no drugs were found in her residence, the coroner will do a toxicology analysis. Those results could take several weeks.

Meanwhile, there has been speculation that Peaches’ low weight could have contributed to her untimely death.

“I was worried about her weight loss. You could see that she was struggling with self-esteem issues,” Gerry Agar, a close friend of Peaches’ late mother, told Daily Mail. “Peaches lost such a lot of weight.”

Peaches Geldof 2010
^ Peaches Geldof before drastic weight loss. Photo from 2010.

In late 2011, Peaches sparked concern when she spoke to OK! Magazine about her extreme juice-only diet.

“I do juicing. You juice vegetables and then you drink it three times a day. It’s gross. I do it usually for about a month,” she said at the time. “I have no willpower but with the juicing I’m like, ‘I have to do it because I have to lose this extra 10 pounds.'”

The British socialite, whose been in tabloids since childhood, also spoke about the pressure to be skinny.

“Sometimes it’s hard. If you open any high-fashion magazine, the girls in
it are stick-thin and then they’ve been air-brushed down to the point
where it’s just like, ludicrousness,” said the part-time model. “I have days when I wake up and think ‘I’m so fat.'”

As she went on to welcome two children, Peaches dismissed concerns that her weight was a serious issue. She explained last October that she lost weight during her first pregnancy because of Hyperemesis gravidarum, the same ailment that hospitalized Kate Middleton during the early stages of her pregnancy.

“I lost two stone, I was being sick up to forty times a day, continuously. It’s like morning sickness but throughout the whole of your pregnancy,” Peaches said.

During her second pregnancy, she wasn’t afflicted with Hyperemesis gravidarum, but did struggle with hyperthyroidism — which should be treated with medication.

“(It) is quite good actually because you can eat whatever you want, you don’t have to have medication and you don’t just don’t gain any weight, ever.”

Peaches Geldof and son Phaedra Bloom Forever

At this point, it’s unclear whether Peaches’ weight and/or eating habits had anything to do with her passing. But, with the topic working its way into so many conversations, it’s absolutely worth noting that anorexia is the deadliest psychiatric illness. Death rates are also elevated for people with bulimia and Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS). According to a 2011 study published in Archives of General Psychiatry, anorexia increases an individual’s risk of death in a given year 5.86 times. Bulimia elevates the risk 1.93 and EDNOS elevates it 1.92 times. Death rates are particularly high (at 18x) for anorexics first diagnosed in their 20s.

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