Eating Disorders | Causes & Risk Factors

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What causes eating disorders?

Doctor don't know exactly. Possible causes include feeling stressed out or upset about something in your life, or feeling like you need to be "in control." Society also puts a lot of pressure on people to be thin. This pressure can contribute too.

Why do some people get anorexia?

The reason some people get anorexia isn't known. People who have anorexia may believe they would be happier and more successful if they were thin. They want everything in their lives to be perfect. People who have this disorder are usually good students. They are involved in many school and community activities. They blame themselves if they don't get perfect grades, or if other things in life are not perfect.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 01/98

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