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who develops eating disorders?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
53 years experience Psychiatry
Those at risk are: Those with what are called predisposing factors (female, genetic load, cultural). Those don't necessarily make it happen. Problems such as adolescent body image, media and pressure to be thin, poor eating habits, being overweight, abuse especially sexually, harsh criticism from family about weight all contribute. When help is early on, there is less damage both psychologically and physically.
Answered on Aug 4, 2018
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Eating disorders: Most often adolescent and college-age females develop eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Without treatment some of these can persist for many years. And depending on how severe, they can be deadly. Also I have known some young males with bulimia. Both men and women of any age can develop binge eating without purging, or overeating.
Answered on May 8, 2016
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Dr. Nikel Rogers-wood
12 years experience Clinical Psychology
Anyone: Although we typically picture a women when we talk about eating disorders, anyone can develop an eating disorder. At their core, eating disorders aren't about food or weight, so many different things can trigger and eating disorder. A big risk factor is being in life transition and having difficulty gaining a sense of control. Seeking support & addressing the true issues are key.
Answered on Aug 21, 2016

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