13 doctors weighed in:
Who develops eating disorders?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Nikel Rogers-wood
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Nikel Rogers-wood
Dr. Nikel Rogers-wood
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