What causes eating disorders?

Multiple stressors. Some likely causes are; sexual abuse, dysfunctional families full of ridicule regarding weight, size and eating habits, social pressures at school, home or organized groups one attends. Also medical problems affecting appearance, motor functions, speech or hearing. Our culture of thinness in the U.S. Is harmful. Clearly genetics has a role as well in "setting the table" for eating disorders.
No one cause. Causes of eating disorders are complex. Conflicts about body image, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, perceptual errors (over estimating how overweight one is), family values & biology all contribute. Anorexia (an) occurs more often among younger women, while binge eating is more common among males & older persons. Mortality rates are 6 times higher among an patients than in the general pop.

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What causes eating disorders?

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". Read more...
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. Read more...

What causes teenage eating disorder in girls?

Family disease. Adolescents model their behavior, either in identification or rebellion against their families. Disordered eating may occur in families with eating disorders or other addictions. Read more...
Nature/nurture. This is a great question & many are not aware of recent research advances. Eating disorders have among the highest genetic component of any psychiatric disorder. For anorexia, losing weight in ways that are harmless to others, likely leads to a downward spiral where compulsive weight loss behaviors take over. In bulimia, the intensity of uncontrolled binges likely triggers purging. Read more...
Parents do not cause eating disorders. Eating disorders are not caused by modeling behavior or by the media. They are brain disorders of unknown etiology (cause) which do run in families (are heritable) like many other diseases such as high cholesterol. They are often diagnosed in adolescence, but may actually have actually begun earlier. They can also present for the first time in adulthood. Families do not cause eating disorders and sufferers do not choose to have them. Read more...

What causes an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia?

Psychology. I believe the reasons for these are psychological. Many disorders in medicine are ascribed to psychological causations, and are said to be "functional". When doctors cannot find a genetic or chemical cause (organic) they often substitute "psychological" as a cause. In the future there might be a causation identified which is an "organic" and not a "functional" cause. Read more...

What causes binge eating disorder?

Eating Disorder. It is Not what you eat, IT IS what is eating you! Let Wise Man within you ask: •Food as pleasure •Food to overcome feelings of deprivation of love, abandonment, rejection, worry, fear, hurt, resentment, shame, guilt, anger, and frustrationBinge eating not wanting to deal with traumatic experiences. •Binge eating for not wanting to deal with any problem of daily life. See Psychiatrist. Read more...
Binge Eating. People who compulsively overeat, though, may use food as their only way of coping with negative emotions. As a result, they often feel that their eating is out of control. They think about food all the time and feel guilty, ashamed, or depressed after eating. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/eating-disorders/binge-eating-disorder/features/compulsive-overeating-and-how-to-stop-it. Read more...

How do I figure out what caused my eating disorder? I think it could be due to the passing of my grandma/my nana having terminal lung cancer?

I am sorry to . hear about your grandmother. It is hard to deal with death of a loved 1 at any age, but at 16 it is really tough. When we mourn, we often lose our appetite which is why most religions include food during wakes. U don't say how long it has been since your grandmother passed away, but if U have developed an eating disorder, talk 2 your parents & get professional help. . Read more...
Life stressors. Losing a family member & dealing with health issues in someone you love is hard. Support and learning how to handle the stress that will comes up in your life is key. The actual "cause" is not as relevant as finding a therapist to help you learn how to process your feelings. Meditation, journaling, and learning presence will also help you thrive. You deserve health and to love yourself. Read more...

What are causes of eating disorders in girls?

Wide variety of thin. Maternal history of eating disorders can be a factor in developement of eating disorder in yumg girls. Read more...

Please explain what are the causes of eating disorders?

There R various . Causes. Although most of the symptoms revolve around weight eds r about body image ; feelings of lack of self worth. Causality is different for each person, but the conflicts around food often arise from early interactions between infants/young children ; their caregivers. Some eds r a reaction 2 sexual abuse ; a desire 2 look like a child or 2 b overweight ; therefore, less attractive 2 an abuser. Read more...

What is the cause of eating disorders like anorexia?

A mix. Psychiatric illnesses occur when a combination of risk factors collide. The most common factors include your genes, your family upbringing and culture, and your thoughts. Eating disorders can also be caused by the simple process of losing too much weight. This had been noted in pow's in vietnam and other wars where healthy soldiers who had lost weight would further restrict while in prison camps! Read more...
No one knows. The science is simply not there yet. To date an appears to be a highly heritable brain disorder of unknown cause. We do know, however that parents do not cause it and patients do not choose to have it. Read more...