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Is anorexia something that is hereditary, can i pass it on to my children?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Most cases of anorexia are subsets of anxiety disoder/obsessive compulsive disorder. These are inheritable conditions. But the symptoms may vary and not present as an eating disorder in an offspring, but as another condition. It is not guaranteed that you will have a child with anorexia if you have it yourself.

Answered Dec 9, 2014

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Dr. William Holmes answered

Specializes in Child Psychiatry

There are possible genetic risk factors involved with anorexia, but genetics do not explain the whole picture. It is by no means guaranteed that your children would have anorexia because of your own experience.

Answered Jul 20, 2012

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Dr. Julie O'Toole answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Several studies have shown that a person who has a first degree relative (parent, child, sibling) with anorexia nervosa has about a tenfold greater chance of developing it themselves than a person without such a relative.

Answered Dec 31, 2016

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