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what causes eating disorders?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Eating DO: The specific causes are unknown. It is however believed to be combination of biological (such as genetic predisposition) , psychological (such as self-image distortions), &/or environmental factors (such as social isolation, early maltreatment, cultural, peer pressure) . As i tell my patients, "genetics loads the gun, environment pulls the trigger".
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
41 years experience Psychiatry
Biological base: In my practice, the majority of patients with eating disorders have bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, so a similar anxiety disorder. The majority also have had some form of physical or sexual molestation or abuse. In my opinion, the best treatments focus on the causes. Biologically based causes respond well to medications, and the psychological damage responds to psychotherapy.
Answered on May 8, 2016
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